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Urgent referrals

Contact the RNSH Switchboard 02 9926 7111 and ask to page the on-call Genetics Fellow, Geneticist or Genetic Counsellor


Urgent referrals are accepted for: 


  1. Patients who are currently pregnant or currently undergoing IVF with a genetic concern related to the current pregnancy - please ensure an EDD/ LMP are clearly indicated.
  2. Inpatient consultations.
  3. Children under the age of six months.
  4. Where the results of the consultation are expected to be relevant for urgent medical management decisions.

If your patient is pregnant and you require more information regarding whether or not to refer for a genetic consultation, please contact the genetic counsellor on call on 9463 1​727, who can provide further information.  If you wish to refer a patient in pregnancy, please call us beforehand and ensure you state clearly that the patient is pregnant.


When to refer


Our team of specialists support families by providing:

  • An accurate diagnosis
  • Information about how a genetic condition may develop
  • Assessments on the risk of transmitting a genetic condition 
  • Support for families with understandable information and counselling


How to refer


All appointments are made through the Department of Clinical Genetics at Royal North Shore Hospital.  As our clinics are bulk-billed, please address your referral to A/Prof Yemima Berman and Associates and send to our head office by post, fax or email 

Please note: Diagnostic imaging for palpable breast lumps in NF1 should be investigated locally as per the general population, with MMG +\- ultrasound followed by referral to a breast surgeon where needed for concerning lesions.

Referrals can be faxed to 02 9463 1057 ​or emailed to [email protected]

Doctors wishing to discuss whether a referral to our genetics clinic is appropriate may contact the department on 02 9463 1727 and discuss with a genetic counsellor.

Please note for referral of individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1, we provide a service for more complex management, please call one of our genetic counsellors for further details on 02 9463 1727.

Referrals for children will only be accepted from Paediatricians

Once your referral is received, referrers will receive a letter of acknowledgment.​

A referral template is availableExternal Linkhere​.


What to include in the referral


  • Patient's full name, date of birth and contact details.
  • Any requirement for an urgent appointment (e.g., current pregnancy).
  • Detailed reason for referral, sufficient clinical details and relevant family history.
  • Details of other family members who may have attended our services.
  • Copies of any relevant reports or investigations.

Please note for referral of individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), we provide a service for more complex management, please call one of our genetic counsellors for further details on 02 9463 1727.

Please attach results of any investigations to the referral and ensure the patient brings hard copies to their appointment. This will help avoid unnecessary duplication of tests, additional appointments, and delay.

All referrals must include patient's details, provisional diagnosis and reason for referral, finding/treatment to date, how this affects the patient, significant medical history, list of medications and relevant social information. Please indicate preferred language if an interpreter is required.

Referrals with insufficient information will be returned to the referring doctor until further information is provided to the clinic.

To discuss the appropriateness of a referral, you are welcome to contact our on-call genetic counsellor.


Referral criteria



Other referral options

Some Clinical Geneticists work at RNSH. Some have private rooms which patients can be referred to. They usually have a significantly shorter waiting period. From the rooms patients may still have access to the public system for testing if they fulfil relevant clinical / prioritisation criteria. There will likely be an out-of-pocket cost for the consultation at the private rooms.


Clinical genetics


Dr Sondhya Ghedia
Dr Mary Louise Freckmann

North Shore Private Hospital
Suite 6, Level 3 North Shore Private Hospital, 1 Westbourne Street St Leonards NSW 2065
Fax: 9475 0640


Neurofibromatosis


Dr Katrina Morris
The Brain and Mind Centre
Level 4/94 Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050


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