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The Department of Genetic Medicine at Westmead Hospital provides clinical genetics consultations for the assessment, investigation, diagnosis, management and monitoring of rare genetic disorders for adults.

We also provide genetic counselling as part of ongoing patient management and are involved in the transition of care from paediatric services for patients with known genetic disorders.

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Service overview

We provide clinical genetics services for adults within two main domains:

  • general clinical genetics
  • genetic metabolic disorders

Our multidisciplinary service incorporates genetic counselling, nursing and dietetic care.

As a primarily ambulatory specialty, we work closely with GPs for the continued care of our patients. We have also established links with patient advocacy groups.

We also liaise closely with the Clinical Genetics Services at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead to provide a timely prenatal genetics service here at Westmead Hospital. Additionally, we are involved in the transition of care from paediatric services for patients with known genetic disorders.

Although we are not a laboratory/pathology service, we play a significant role in the facilitation of genetic and state-of-the-art genomic and biochemical testing.

Who we see

Adults aged 16 years and over with a rare inheritable or genetic metabolic disorder, including but not limited to:

  • chromosomal abnormalities
  • dysmorphic syndromes
  • intellectual disability
  • cardiac genetics
  • renal genetics
  • neurogenetics
  • other rare inheritable disorders (excluding familial cancer)
  • phenylketonuria
  • urea cycle disorders
  • glycogen storage diseases
  • lysosomal storage disorders

Exclusion criteria

We do not see patients with:

  • familial cancer syndromes
  • obesity (metabolic syndrome)
  • haemochromatosis
  • MTHFR common polymorphism carriers or familial hypercholesterolemia

We do not conduct paternity testing.

Please direct referrals involving on-going pregnancies to the Clinical Genetics Department at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Referral guidelines

Please include the following information in your referral:

  • patient's name and date of birth
  • patient’s contact details including mobile phone and email
  • details of relevant family history or genetic testing
  • details (name and date of birth) of all relevant family members who may require assessment
  • if your patient is pregnant, please mark this clearly in your referral so we can provide them with timely access to our services.

Refer your patient

We accept GP and specialist referrals.

Please address your referral to either Dr Michel Tchan or Dr Bernadette Hanna.

Referrals should be faxed to (02) 8890 9789 or emailed to WSLHD-Geneticmedicine-Westmead@health.nsw.gov.au

Outpatient clinics

Clinic specialty Sessions
General genetics Monday afternoons
Cardiac genetics Monthly Tuesday mornings
Aortopathy Monthly Thursdays
Eye genetics Monthly Tuesday mornings
Genetic metabolic disorders:

Lysomal clinic

Metabolic disorders clinic


Every 2nd & 4th Monday morning of each month

Every Thursday morning

Clinical trials

Our clinical trials give patients access to the latest treatments. We are currently running trials or research for the following conditions:

  • Phenylketonuria
  • Niemann Pick type B
  • Pompe Disease
  • Fabry Disease
  • renal genetic disorders
  • cardiac genetic disorders

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