Clinical genetics services
We provide clinical genetics services over the entire life span, including to children of all ages, adults, and those who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy. Face to face appointments are held in our rooms at Newstead Brisbane, on the Gold Coast, and we are able to provide telehealth across Australia to those living outside of capital cities.
The Mendel Institute offers diagnostic and counselling services in clinical genetics. We aim to continually improve genetic screening, clinical care, and diagnostic testing for adults, children, and families living with genetic conditions or who are at risk of them. We do this by partnering with new technology and raising awareness in the community about the importance of genetic testing.
Our carrier screening test determines if a healthy partner is a carrier of a serious genetic condition. It provides valuable information about your reproductive risk and your chances of having a child with a genetic disease. Our genetic carrier screening also includes X-linked recessive single gene and rare autosomal recessive conditions. Our genetic specialists will provide genetic counselling to help you make an informed decision about your health and life.
Prenatal testing is performed in pregnancy to look for genetic conditions in the developing fetus. We offer two types of prenatal testing: screening tests to determine the chances of your child being born with certain genetic conditions or diagnostic testing to provide a more definitive diagnosis. We provide a non-judgmental clinical genetics service when you have concerns about your pregnancy, including fetal structural, genetic changes, prenatal screening results or any family history of a genetic condition. We provide you with all the information needed regarding any concerns during your pregnancy.
Cancer is quite common and typically develops due to changes that stop genes from working properly. We offer genetic cancer services to individuals and families looking to understand their history of cancer or their cancer diagnosis. We provide cancer genetic testing for most of the common types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, uterine and bowel.
Our clinical genetics testing involves interpreting individual and family history in order to provide counselling on different conditions. Our aim is to provide you with comprehensive information to help you make critical choices regarding your health while getting the support you need to adjust to the diagnosis.
People living outside major cities find it difficult to access genetic counselling or have to travel long distances. Our genetic specialists will be happy to provide telehealth services – all you need is a computer or tablet with internet access. We often have clients use our telehealth services because of the flexibility and comfort of their homes. Book an appointment with our genetic specialists no matter where you live in Australia.
We work closely with a wide range of health professionals and support groups to provide patient care in order to understand complex and often rare conditions. We are known for our quality, reliability and exemplary services, which is why we are valued and trusted by health professionals in Australia and abroad.
To know more about our genetic services or to receive genetic counselling, get in touch today!
Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS)
Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) is available at The Mendel Institute every Monday morning. NIPS (also called non-invasive prenatal testing or NIPT) is the most up to date technology to screening for chromosomal disorders in early pregnancy. It is able to detect chromosome disorders like trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) with >99% accuracy. The test is also able to determine the gender of the baby, if you choose. Click here to learn more
A genetics service is medical facility staffed by professionals knowledgeable in the diagnosis and management of inherited disorders.
Genetic counselling is an education process in which you learn about the implications of your genetic diagnosis, including the psychosocial ramifications. You will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered during genetic counselling.
Please ensure you bring the results of any previous genetic testing to your appointment. If possible, also bring the results of any previous medical assessments and other tests you may have had. Your geneticist will take a family history, so be prepared to answer questions other diagnoses in your family, including cancer and miscarriages.
All jurisdictions in Australia have a public genetic service, but most will have a wait time to be seen. In Queensland, Genetic Health Queensland sees patients throughout the state.
All urgent referrals (eg pregnancy) are seen within one week. Routine appointments can be seen within one month of receiving your referral. Please inform the receptionist if you need to be seen sooner.
The Mendel Institute offers Telehealth appointments throughout Australia.
Interpreter services can be organised, if required.
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.