Genetic Services of Western Australia (GSWA) is the sole provider of clinical genetic services in Western Australia.
GSWA provides a state-wide service from King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children through:
This multi-disciplinary service offers the full range of diagnostic, educational and training programs relevant to the modern practice of medical genetics. Services are provided by clinical geneticists and counsellors working closely with DNA and cytogenetic laboratories and associated disciplines, such as diagnostic imaging and obstetrics. The protocols and procedures accord with the Human Genetic Society of Australasia Guidelines for Clinical Genetic Services. The department is supported by two comprehensive in-house databases, one being dedicated to the Familial Cancer Registry.
Services are also provided by GSWA in collaboration with other groups, including:
The department also has significant working relationships with the following departments and institutes:
Your General Practitioner or specialist can refer you to Genetic Services. They will send us a referral letter and you will be contacted by a genetic counsellor, either by phone or letter, to obtain any additional information that might be required and arrange an appointment. There is no charge associated with the appointment.
Most cancers occur by chance and are not caused by an inherited predisposition. With our current resources, we are unable to offer appointments to people who are not at an increased risk of cancer. Less than 1% of people are at a potentially high risk of cancer due to an hereditary predisposition.
If you are concerned about your personal and/or family history of cancer contact your GP for a risk assessment. GP’s can make a referral to our service if the family are considered at high risk. Referral guidelines for GPs and specialists are available online. The following resources and risk assessment tools are also available online. Risk management and surveillance guidelines should be discussed with an experienced medical professional.
Please print off a copy of our Familial Cancer Program Referral Form complete it and fax it back to 9340 1725.
If you have trouble completing the form, or if you need further information, please call to speak with the duty genetic counsellor on 9340 1603. We will need information about:
We will use this information to determine how urgently you need to be seen and by whom. You then will receive an appointment or a call from a genetic counsellor. There is no charge associated with this service.
Clients may be referred to the registry:
Genetic counselling is the provision of information and support regarding genetic disorders, birth defects, health concerns or test results relating to the individual or their family. This may involve the diagnosis of a genetic condition and supportive counselling to assist decision making and the adjustment process that occurs when a condition is new to a family or individual. Genetic counselling may occur via telephone counselling or by appointment where the family or individual is reviewed at a genetic clinic.
Genetic counselling is provided by a team of health professionals: