The Tasmanian Clinical Genetics Service (TCGS) is based at the Royal Hobart Hospital. We hold Genetics Clinics at:
- Royal Hobart Hospital
- Launceston General Hospital
- North West Regional Hospital, Mersey Campus, Latrobe.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Diagnosis, genetic testing and management advice for children with:
- Birth defects
- Intellectual disability
- Developmental delay
- Single-gene disorders
- Chromosomal syndromes.
We provide genetic testing, counselling and advice on reproductive options for couples who are pregnant or planning pregnancy and at high risk of a genetic condition due to:
- Family history
- High-risk screening test results
- Abnormal ultrasound findings.
Diagnostic, management advice and predictive/pre-symptomatic testing for adult-onset genetic disorders including:
- Neurological, renal, cardiac, endocrine and metabolic disorders
- Skeletal dysplasias and genetic connective tissue disorders
Familial cancer syndromes
For individuals with a personal or strong family history of cancer, we provide:
- Risk assessment
- Genetic testing
- Cancer risk management advice
How to access our service
Most patients are referred to the TCGS by their GP or specialist who sends a referral letter by mail or fax. On receipt of the referral letter, generally, a genetic counsellor will contact you by phone to:
- Discuss the issue of concern
- Collect relevant family history information
- Arrange an appointment at a clinic in Hobart, Launceston or Latrobe, if needed.
After your appointment you and/or your Doctor will receive a letter summarising:
- The information provided
- Options for next steps
- The outcome of any test results
Family history referrals
- If you are referred because of a family history of cancer, we will require detailed information about the cancer diagnoses in the family.
- You will receive a family history questionnaire and Cancer Registry verification consent form to complete and return to the TCGS.
- The information you provide is used to assess the likelihood of an inherited predisposition to cancer in the family.
- Appointments are generally not offered until a family history questionnaire has been completed.
Fees and charges
- Consultations are free for all Medicare-eligible patients at the Genetics Clinic.
- There are no out-of-pocket costs for genetic testing ordered by the genetic counsellor and/or clinical geneticist unless indicated otherwise.