Medical Genetics Australia specialises in Cancer and Neuro Genetics.
We provide genetic counselling which aims to educate people about complex genetic diagnoses within a supportive framework. We help individuals and their families understand the genetics and the implications of a cancer or a neurological diagnosis for themselves and their families, and to support them through the diagnosis of a condition.
We access the best molecular genetics testing laboratories to test individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition or family members who are pre-symptomatic and want know if they carry a familial genetic change.
DR STEPHEN WITHERS
(MMBS MMedSc AFRAMCMA FHGSA)
Dr Stephen Withers is a Queensland medical graduate who trained at the Royal Brisbane, Royal Children's, Sydney Children's Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital. Dr Withers completed 2 year long Post FRACP Fellowships, one at the Hereditary Cancer Clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and the other at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Dr Withers was awarded the inaugural Royal Children’s Hospital Travelling Scholarship in 1998. In 2003 Dr Withers was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. Dr Withers is a Fellow of the Human Genetics Society of Australia and has a special interest in Cancer and Neuro genetics.
DR ANDREA HAYWARD
PhD MSc (Hons) MHGSA
Andrea worked as a scientist and then gained a Masters (Hons) in Science in Genetics Counselling and is a Member of the Human Genetics Society of Australia. Her Honours degree investigated men’s understanding of an inheritable genetic mutation affecting their fertility. Andrea gained a PhD researching the social factors influencing women’s decisions to delay childbearing and the medical, genetic and personal outcomes of decisions relating to the timing of childbearing. Andrea is a Semester Teaching Fellow in Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at the Bond University Medical School and a Researcher with the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation.
+ How do I arrange an appointment?
We require a referral from a GP that can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted to Medical Genetics Australia PO Box 225 Bellbowrie Q 4070 or faxed to 0732025547. Once we have your referral, we will email you a questionnaire about your family history. It may take some time to ascertain details of family medical history, particularly if family members are deceased. When completed, the questionnaire can be sent back to us by email, post or fax. We will contact you with to arrange an appointment time.
+ What if I need to cancel my appointment?
With the understanding that we have a long waiting list for appointments, we ask you to check you calendar before agreeing to an appointment time. We ask for at least 48 hours notice to cancel an appointment allowing us to offer the time to another patient. Not wanting to disadvantage others on the waiting list, if an appointment is cancelled we have to move you to the bottom of the waiting list. Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will evoke a cancellation fee.
+ What if my appointment is urgent?
Some patients require immediate genetic counselling and testing before commencing a treatment regime. Please make us aware if your appointment is urgent and we will endeavor to see you as soon as possible.
+ What about referrals from regional Australia?
Medicare will cover the cost of a Telehealth consultation for people living in regional Australia. We conduct these consultations via Skype. The Telehealth regions are outside capital cities and for Queensland cover those living outside the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and west past Marburg. Please refer to the map on the Medicare site. We require a GP referral for a Telehealth appointment.
+ Where is the clinic?
The clinic is at Gold Coast Private Hospital at 14 Hill Street in Southport. We are on the ground floor in suite 15. There is no street parking available and a paid parking station can be entered at the main entrance to the hospital off Hill Street.
+ What happens in the appointment?
The appointment lasts 45 minutes and Dr Withers will have a copy of your referral, family history which you completed and any medical test reports which are applicable. After the consultation a letter will be sent to you and your referring doctor outling the appointment discussion. Any further questions can be emailed to Andrea at email@example.com or a voice message can be left on 1300 651 741. If testing is undertaken after the appointment we will contact you about arranging testing and later to explain the results of the testing.
+ How much does an appointment cost?
Your appointment with the Clinical Geneticist will be 45 minutes long and the fee includes pre-appointment medical, family history liaison and post appointment consultations with the Genetic Counsellor. We charge $540.00 payable on the day of your appointment and your receipt lodged with Medicare will refund you $227.70. If you require a follow-up appointment of 20 minutes duration we will charge $ 240.00 payable on the day of your appointment and your receipt lodged with Medicare will refund you $114.00. Some genetic testing will be an extra cost and some is covered my Medicare, depending on your individual circumstances.
+ Can other family members request an appointment?
Yes they require a referral from their GP as outlined above. To compile a family linked file we require written authority from you to discuss your medical history with other family members.
+ Is my information confidential?
Your medical file is confidential unless you provide us with written authority allowing us to disclose your information to a nominated person or clinician.
1300 651 741
Gold Coast Private Hospital
14 Hill Street