About Us

Genetic Health Service NZ is New Zealand’s provider of expert genetic diagnosis and advice. We operate clinics throughout New Zealand with a staff of clinical geneticists and genetic associates and are part of New Zealand’s public health system.

We provide the following services:

  • Diagnostic assessment of genetic disorders and information about genetic diagnoses
  • Diagnostic, pre-conceptional, prenatal or pre-symptomatic tests for genetic conditions
  • Assistance in the clinical management of genetic diseases and identification of preventable complications by early and accurate diagnosis and surveillance
  • Genetic counselling and management advice for the extended family of affected individuals
  • Telephone enquiry service for doctors, midwives and other health professionals concerning genetic diseases
  • Genetics education for professional and lay groups

Regional Services

Genetic Health Service NZ is divided into three regional services:

  • The Northern Hub. This service covers the upper half of the North Island. It is based in Auckland and provides outreach clinics in Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, and Gisborne (indicated by green markers in the map)
  • The Central Hub. This service covers the lower half of the North Island and Nelson. It is based in Wellington and provides outreach clinics in New Plymouth, Whanganui, Hastings, Palmerston North, Porirua, Lower Hutt, and Nelson (indicated by red markers in the map)
  • The South Island Hub. This service covers all of the South Island except Nelson. It is based in Christchurch and provides outreach clinics in Blenheim, Greymouth, Timaru, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Invercargill (indicated by blue markers in the map)

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Staff

  • Clinical Geneticists are doctors with specialist training in medical genetics. Patients are likely to see them before a diagnosis has been made.
  • Genetic Associates are usually science graduates with post graduate qualifications in medical genetics and genetic counselling. Patients are likely to see them about a known condition.