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The Genetic Health service is a national service, with hubs in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

We provide the following services:

  • Diagnostic assessment of genetic disorders and information about genetic diagnoses
  • Diagnostic, pre-conception, prenatal or pre-symptomatic tests for genetic conditions
  • Assistance in the clinical management of genetic diseases and identification of preventable complications by early and accurate diagnosis and surveillance
  • Genetic counselling and management advice for the extended family of affected individuals
  • Telephone enquiry service for doctors, midwives and other health professionals concerning genetic diseases
  • Genetics education for professional and lay/community groups

The Central hub is based at Wellington Hospital and provides services from New Plymouth to Nelson.      

The main reasons why people are referred to a genetics clinic are to:

  • Diagnose a condition
  • Confirm or explain a diagnosis
  • Discuss the implications of a family history of a genetic condition
  • Discuss and arrange tests for a genetic condition
  • Discuss risks of passing on a condition in pregnancy
  • Assess the implications of a personal / family history of cancer

Read more about services and the referral process on the Genetic Health Service NZ website

Last updated 1 September 2020.