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Hunter Genetics

Hunter Genetics is based at the Waratah Campus Newcastle. 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 Muswellbrook, Taree, Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Kingscliff (see outreach services page).

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.

The GOLD Service 2013/14 Research Report.

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
  • Huntington Disease social work support
  • Inpatient consultation
  • Multidisciplinary clinics:
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine
    • Baby Hearing clinic
    • Huntington Disease
    • Metabolic clinic

Multidisciplinary Genetic Clinics

Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic

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

Baby Hearing Clinic

Geneticists attend the clinic monthly at John Hunter Children's Hospital.

Huntington Disease

A liaison psychiatrist provides psychiatric support, a monthly clinic to manage emotional and behavioural sequelae associated with Huntington disease. A clinic is held monthly at Hunter Genetics.

Metabolic Clinic

The team from The Children's Hospital, Westmead, run both paediatric and 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.

Clinical Geneticists

  • General Genetics Service
    Dr Himanshu Goel, Dr Anne Ronan, Dr Tracy Dudding-Byth, Dr Ben Kamien, Dr Bernadette Hanna
  • Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Service
    Dr Mike Field, Dr Anna Hackett, Dr Tracy Dudding-Byth, Dr Emma Palmer

Genetic Counsellors

  • Genetic Service
    Bronwyn Burgess, Angela Ingrey, Jessica Carruthers, Sheridan O'Donnell
  • Genetics of Learning Disability (GOLD) Service
    Carolyn Rogers, Jackie Boyle, Louise Christie, Lucy Murray, Melanie Leffler


Location and contact details

Address:          Corner of Turton and Tinonee Roads, Waratah NSW 2298 (Map)
Postal:             PO Box 84, Waratah NSW 2298
Email:              HNELHD-Genetics@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Phone:             (02) 4985 3100
Fax:                 (02) 4985 3105
Hours:              Our office working hours are 8:30am - 5pm Monday to Friday
Fees:                Medicare
Wheelchair Access: We have a ramp into the building, all clinic rooms are on the ground floor and we have disabled bathroom facilities.



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