Genetic Health Queensland

Genetic Health Queensland (GHQ) provides diagnosis, counselling, and management advice to individuals and families who have, or are at risk of having, a genetic or inherited condition. Common conditions referred include:

  • multiple birth defects
  • differences of body structure
  • developmental delay or intellectual impairment
  • inherited disorders of the senses (hearing and vision)
  • genetic disorders of the muscles and nerves.

We also offer counselling to families where their child has been diagnosed with a genetic condition and provide information about the chance of recurrence in future pregnancies.

Clinics

Genetic Health Queensland
Level 6, Block 7, Back Street (off Bramston Terrace), Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Campus, Herston QLD 4029
Monday to Friday  |  9am-5pm

Clinics are also run from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and regional hospitals throughout Queensland. For more information visit the Genetic Health Queensland contact us page.

Who can access this service?

Children with a family history of illness or a genetic condition.

Catchment area

This service is available to children living in Queensland.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • general paediatricians
  • general practitioners (GPs).

Other referral information

Parents should speak with their GP or local health professional about being referred to Genetic Health Queensland.

As our clinics are bulk-billed, please ensure your referral is named to one of our consultants. Once your referral has been received, you will receive a letter of acknowledgement.

All referrals can be sent to our head office in Brisbane by post, fax, or email. For your convenience, a referral template is available.

To access Genetic Health Queensland at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital please note:

  • entry to Genetic Health Queensland is via Block 7
  • the nearest car park is Wilsons Car park on Herston Road
  • the nearest busway station is “RBWH Herston” (250m walk to Genetic Health Queensland).

RBWH Campus Map – Genetic Health Queensland

Information for health professionals

From 1 May 2019 referral criteria will apply at CHQ. This condition has minimum demographic and essential clinical referral information that is required to be included prior to submission of the referral. Visit the CPC website for the required condition. If you are unable to provide the required “essential information” please state the reason when you submit the referral.

Referral instructions

  • Referrals to Genetic Health Queensland are accepted for the following patients:
  • Children or adults with a genetic or chromosomal diagnosis
  • Children or adults with congenital anomalies and/or developmental delay
  • Anyone with a personal and/or family history of a genetic condition who is seeking updated information, particularly before starting their family
  • Individuals who have a personal or strong family history of cancer
  • Pregnant women who are affected, or who have a family history of an inherited condition
  • Couples who are at an increased risk of having children with a genetic condition because of:
    • their ethnic background
    • consanguinity (partners are related e.g. first cousins)
    • an increased risk result from screening tests during pregnancy
    • exposure to drugs, alcohol, chemicals, infection or radiation during pregnancy.

As our clinics are bulk-billed, please ensure your referral is named to one of our consultants. Once your referral has been received, both you and your patient will receive a letter of acknowledgement. Please ensure you discuss your referral plans with your patient before referring.

All referrals received are reviewed daily. Depending on the reason for referral, and level of complexity, patients are allocated to see either a genetic counsellor, clinical geneticist, or sometimes both. If a referral is judged urgent (e.g. current pregnancy, or terminal illness) an appointment will be made with the patient as soon as possible. If appropriate, regional patients will be offered the option of having a telehealth appointment. Note, not all referrals are appropriate for telehealth, in particular when the specialist needs to examine the patient. We strive to see patients as close to their home as possible.

Useful links

Genetic Health Queensland

This service is available at

General Medicine (2e)

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Level 2
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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t: 07 3068 1111

Genetic Health Queensland

Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Campus, Block 7
Level 6
Back Street, off Bramston Terrace
Herston
QLD 4029
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t: 07 3636 1686

Genetic Health Bundaberg

Bundaberg Base Hospital
271 Bourbong Street
Bundaberg Central
QLD 4670
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t: 07 4150 2794
f: 07 4150 2799

Genetic Health Gold Coast

Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard
Southport
QLD 4215
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t: 07 5687 1515
f: 07 5687 1497

Genetic Health Nambour

Nambour General Hospital
Hospital Road
Nambour
QLD 4560
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t: 07 5470 6068
f: 07 5470 5456

Genetic Health Toowoomba

Toowoomba Base Hospital
154 Pechey Street
South Toowoomba
QLD 4350
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t: 07 4616 6995
f: 07 4616 5596

Genetic Health Townsville

Townsville Hospital
100 Angus Smith Drive
Douglas
QLD 4814
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t: 07 4433 1464
f: 07 4433 1461

Contact details

t: 07 3646 1686
f: 07 3646 1987
e: GHQ@health.qld.gov.au 

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.