Hunter Genetics Clinic

Hunter Genetics is based at the Waratah Campus Newcastle. Hunter Genetics comprises of two services, a General Genetics Service and the Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Service.


General Genetics

The General Service provides clinical genetics services within Hunter New England and to the northern parts of New South Wales. The outpatient service is based at Waratah. Outreach clinics are also conducted at Taree, Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Kingscliff.


GOLD Service

The state-wide Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Service is a clinical genetics and research service for families with inherited forms of intellectual disability, including Fragile X Syndrome. The research component includes national and international collaboration focused on the identification of genes associated with inherited forms of intellectual disability. Clinics are frequently held in Newcastle and Sydney, as well as local towns and communities throughout NSW.


What services are provided?

Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD)

The Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Service is a state-wide service (all of NSW and ACT), providing genetic services to families with inherited forms of an intellectual disability. The GOLD service has a large research component that includes national and international collaboration focused on the identification of genes associated with intellectual delay.


General Genetics Service

Our General Services include:

Outpatient Service

  • Inpatient consultation


Multidisciplinary clinics:

  • Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Adult Metabolic clinic


Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic

Is attended in collaboration with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at John Hunter.


Metabolic Clinic

The metabolic team from Westmead, run adult clinics at Hunter Genetics every 3 months. The clinic is for patients with metabolic disorders, such as PKU, homocystinuria and galactosaemia. 


Do I need a referral and how do I make an appointment?

  • A medical referral is required.

  • All referrals to be addressed to a staff specialist at Hunter Genetics.