Clinical Genetics
& Genetic counselling

A/Prof Michael Gabbett
Specialising in Genetic and Inherited Conditions

What does The Mendel Institute do?

The Mendel Institute is a medical practice that specialises in clinical genetics. We undertake a medical assessment to help understand your chances of having a heritable condition and can organise genetic testing to better determine your risk of disease. Genetic testing can provide information about the cause of disease, disease predisposition, cancer risks, reproductive risks, drug responses, and more.

Located in Brisbane, Australia, The Mendel Institute is a private medical practice specialising in genetic and inherited conditions. It is staffed by qualified genetic specialists. Clinics are held in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast, and Australia-wide by telehealth.

What we do

The Mendel Institute provides:

Clinical assessment

Our specialists provide a thorough clinical assessment to assist with a genetic diagnosis.

Genetic counselling

We provide expert genetic counselling in order to inform you what a genetic diagnosis means for you and your family.

Reproductive risks

The Mendel Institute is able to organise testing of both you and your partner to help determine the risks to current or future pregnancies.


We provide a specialist assessment of your personal and/or family history of cancer to determine what genetic factors may be responsible.


The Mendel Institute can organise genetic testing specific to your needs to help with genetic diagnosis.


We provide genetic consultations to regional and remote areas for people who have difficulties attending a capital city for a specialist appointment.

Why choose The Mendel Institute?

Expertise – Our clinical geneticists are fully qualified by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Knowledge – Our clinicians are actively involved in academia, teaching and research. They are aware of  the latest discoveries in human genetics and can apply these to your health.

Respect – We support people facing the most challenging diagnoses. We work with you to decide what genetic tests to have and how to share the results with family members. We work empathically and respectfully with you through the genetic counselling process.

How to make an appointment With Us

Your general practitioner (GP) or specialist can refer you to see Dr Michael Gabbett. Referrals can be emailed directly to or faxed to (07) 3540 8157.

Please telephone 07 3193 7780 to organise your appointment.

Get in touch


19 Longland St, Newstead
Qld 4006

Gold Coast

Suite 11, Gold Coast Private Hospital 14 Hill St Southport Qld 4215.


07 3193 7780


19 Longland Street, NEWSTEAD QLD 4006

Suite 11, Gold Coast Private Hospital, 14 Hill St
Southport Qld 4215


Frequently Asked Questions

Like with most medical appointments, seeing a clinical geneticist will involve having your medical history taken and possibly a physical examination.

In addition, a clinical geneticist will explore your family history in detail.
Using information from your history and physical examination, your specialist will determine what heritable condition you or you family has, if any.

Genetic tests may be suggested to help reach a diagnosis.

Genetic counselling is just a discussion which helps you to understand any genetic condition that may be present in you or your family.

The specialist will answer your questions about where the genetic condition came from, what other health complications you may need to be monitored for, the chances other family members could have the same condition, what options you have to optimise your health, and any other questions that you may have.

Genetic testing is not always needed. Sometimes your specialist can determine your genetic risks from history and examination alone.

Genetic testing can be expensive and not worth the cost. However, genetic testing can sometimes provide important answers about your health.

Your clinical geneticist will go through all the benefits and drawbacks genetic testing may have so you can make an informed decision about the need to proceed with genetic testing.

A clinical geneticist is a medically trained doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and management of genetic conditions.

A clinical geneticist undertakes a medical assessment and orders investigations to help diagnose genetic diseases. A geneticist informs your regular doctors how to best treat genetic diseases.

A clinical geneticist in an expert in diagnosing rare diseases and can often reach a diagnosis when other specialists are unable to. A clinical geneticist can help anyone who suspects they have or are proven to have an inherited condition. A clinical geneticist can help determine your generic risks, including of developing cancer or giving birth to a child with birth defects.

Genetic counselling is important to different people for different reasons. Some just want to understand their diagnosis better. Others want to discuss the implications for other family members, in particular their children. Everyone benefits from understanding the hidden traps before having a genetic test.

A rebate is available for Medicare Card holders who have been referred from their GP or specialist.

Your clinical geneticist will undertake a full clinical assessment, including taking a medical history, a family history and performing a physical examination. Your geneticist may organise tests to help reach a diagnosis. Your clinical geneticist will talk to you about your diagnosis, its associated health risks and the risks to other family members.

Usually your GP or specialist will decide if you would benefit from seeing a clinical geneticist, but you can ask for a referral if you’re concerned about having a inherited condition, your genetic cancer risk, or having a child with a genetic disorder.

Email or fax your referral letter to The Mendel Institute and we will be in contact to arrange an appointment.

You are more than welcome to bring your partner or a support person to your appointment.