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Information & Privacy Commission Guideline: Use & disclosure of genetic information without consent
This Information Bulletin notifies NSW public health organisations and staff of the publication of the "Use and disclosure of genetic information to a patient's genetic relatives: Guidelines for organisations in NSW" (the Guidelines) by the Information and Privacy Commission NSW and to advise that the Guidelines will take effect when the Health Legislation Amendment Act 2012 is proclaimed on 1 November 2014.
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DNA genetic testing and screening are tests that are used to confirm or disprove a suspected DNA change. Genetic testing is done for a particular condition where an individual is suspected of being at increased risk due to their family history or the result of a genetic screening test. Genetic screening is done for a particular condition in individuals, groups or populations without family history of the condition. DNA genetic tests are very accurate and used for diagnosis and screening including prenatal, genetic carrier testing and screening, presymptomatic and predictive testing.

Different types of genetic tests are used depending on whether an individual’s chromosomes, the protein-product of a gene, or the DNA itself are examined. Tissues tested include blood, skin, saliva and hair follicles and, prenatally, embryo, placental tissue and amniotic fluid.

For more information about genetic testing, types of genetic testing and how they are done can be found on our genetic testing information page.

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NSW - Clinical Genetic Services

Metropolitan Centres

Camperdown

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Department of Molecular and Clinical Genetics
Missenden Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050
Ph: (02) 9515 5080
Fax: (02) 9515 5490
Email: RPAHGene.Clinic@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Kogarah

St George Hospital
Clinical Genetic Service
Kogarah, NSW 2217
Ph: (02) 9113 3635
Fax: (02) 9113 3694
Email: StGeorgeGenetics@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Liverpool

Liverpool Health Services
Clinical Genetics Department
Locked Bag 7103, Liverpool, BC NSW 1871
Ph: (02) 8738 4665
Fax: (02) 8738 4650
Email: clinical.genetics@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Newcastle

Hunter Genetics
PO Box 84, Waratah, NSW 2298
Ph: (02) 4985 3100
Fax: (02) 4985 3105
Web: http://www.kaleidoscope.org.au/site/hunter-genetics
Email: hunter.genetics@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Penrith

Nepean Hospital
Clinical Genetics Department
PO Box 63, Penrith, NSW 2750
Ph: (02) 4734 3362
Fax: (02) 4734 4472

Randwick

The Sydney Children's Hospital
Department of Medical Genetics
High St, Randwick, NSW 2031
Ph: (02) 9382 1704
Fax: (02) 9382 1711

St Leonards

Royal North Shore Hospital
Dept of Clinical Genetics
PO Box 63, St Leonards, NSW 1590
Ph: (02) 9463 1727
Fax: (02) 9463 1057

Westmead

The Children's Hospital
Department of Clinical Genetics
Locked Bag 4001,Westmead, NSW 2145
Ph: (02) 9845 3273
Fax: (02) 9845 3204
Email: clingen@chw.edu.au
W: To visit the Department of Clinical Genetics, Westmead, website click here.

Westmead

Department of Genetic Medicine (C3b)
Westmead Hospital
PO Box 533, Wentworthville NSW 2145
Ph: (02) 9845 9780 Fax: (02) 9845 9789

Regional Centres

Albury/Wodonga

Please see Clinical Genetics Services in Victoria

Bathurst

Bathurst Health Service
Community Health Centre
Howick Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Ph: (02) 6330 5677
Fax: (02) 6331 0474

Broken Hill

Greater Western Area Health Service
PO Box 457 Broken Hill, NSW 2880
Ph: (08) 8080 1554
Fax: (08) 8080 1611

Coffs Harbour

Primary Health Service
Locked Mail Bag 812,
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
Ph: (02) 6656 7200
Fax: (02) 6656 7203

Dubbo

Greater Western Area Health Service
Dubbo Community Health Centre,
2 Palmer Street, Dubbo, NSW 2830
Ph: (02) 6885 8900
Fax: (02) 6885 8901

Forster

Forster Community Health Centre
Breeze Pde, Forster, NSW 2428
Ph: (02) 6539 6300
Fax: (02) 6554 8874

Gosford

Central Coast Health
PO Box 361,Gosford, NSW 2250
Ph: (02) 4328 7994
Fax: (02) 4328 7925

Goulburn

Child, Infant and Family Tertiary Service
Locked Bag 15, Goulburn, NSW 2580
Ph: (02) 4827 3950
Fax: (02) 4827 3958

Kempsey

C/- North Coast Area Health Service
Morton Street, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Ph: (02) 6588 2882
Fax: (02) 6588 2800

Kingscliff

Kingscliff Community Health
PO Box 1389, Turnock Street, Kingscliff NSW 2487
Ph: (02) 6674 9500
Fax: (02) 6674 9599

Mudgee

Macquarie Area Health Service
PO Box 29, Mudgee, NSW 2850
Ph: (02) 6378 6236
Fax: (02) 6372 7341

Port Macquarie

North Coast Area Health Service
Morton Street, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Ph: (02) 6588 2882
Fax: (02) 6588 2800

Tamworth

Hunter New England Area Health Service
Tamworth Community Health Centre
Locked Bag 9783
NEMSC 2348
Phone: (02) 6767 8151
Fax: (02) 6766 3967

Taree

Mid North Coast Area Health
PO Box 35, Taree, NSW 2430
Ph: (02) 6592 9703
Fax: (02) 6592 9607

Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
PO Box 159, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
Ph: (02) 6938 6443
Fax: (02) 6938 6410

Wollongong

Northern Illawarra Maternal and Paediatrics Service
Wollongong Hospital
Private Mail Bag 8808, SCMC, NSW 2521
Ph: (02) 4253 4267 Fax: (02) 4222 5477

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Last updated: Dec 16, 2014