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Clinical genetic services in Australia

A partial list of clinics and services for patients with IRDs. Information correct as of February 2021.

StateServices
New South WalesPatients with suspected or confirmed IRDs are managed by the general genetic clinic based in their Local Health District (LHD). For help with specific IRD cases, contact the Genomic Eye Multidisciplinary Team at Westmead Hospital/The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
QueenslandGenetic Health Queensland (GHQ) is based in Brisbane at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Patients with suspected or confirmed IRD from all metro and regional hospitals/GHQ clinics as well as from specialist rooms and GPs can be referred directly to the GHQ ocular genetics clinic via the referral hotline: 1300 364 938.
South AustraliaGeneral paediatric genetics: The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide. Phone: (08) 8161 7375.

General adult genetics: the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Outpatient Department, Level 5E.1, Port Road, Adelaide. Phone: (08) 7074 2697

For further information on referring patients to the general adult genetics clinic, click here.
TasmaniaThe Tasmanian Clinical Genetic Service is based at: the Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart.

All referrals for patients requiring a genetic service (paediatric and adult) should be addressed to: Tasmanian Clinical Genetics Service, C/O The Royal Hobart Hospital, GPO BOX 1061, Hobart 7001. Phone (03) 6166 8296; Email: tcgs@ths.tas.gov.au

New referrals must conform to the referral standards outlined here.
VictoriaVictoria has a state-wide ocular genetics clinic (OGC) based at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. Adult patients with suspected or confirmed IRD can be referred directly to the ocular genetics clinic.

Additionally a research study undertaken by CERA and the University of Melbourne is currently underway, led by A/Prof Lauren Ayton and Dr Tom Edwards. The study is looking at the natural history of inherited retinal diseases. Optometrists can register their patients with the group using one of the following pathways:
1. Email directly at IRD@groups.unimelb.edu.au
2. Register on the clinical trials register on the CERA website: https://www.cera.org.au/refer-a-patient/
3. Phone the team on (03) 8344 3441

The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Monash Health and Austin Health services also have limited genetic services for adult IRD patients.

Paediatric patients are usually referred to the Victorian Clinical Genetic Service, which is based at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne: www.vcgs.org.au.
Western AustraliaAll initial referrals – including IRD referrals – to outpatient public hospital clinics must be processed through the WA Health Central Referral Service (CRS) for triaging, unless it is an emergency. The CRS will then refer IRD patients to Genetics Service Western Australia (GSWA). More information available here.

GSWA clinics
All patients with suspected/confirmed IRD can attend general genetic clinics based in the main GSWA centres in Perth – King Edward Memorial Hospital (adults) or Perth Children’s Hospital (paediatric patients).

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