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Clinical Genetics (Adult Genetics Unit)


The Adult Genetics Unit of the South Australian Clinical Genetics Service (SACGS) provides a state-wide service for the genetic assessment, counselling and testing of adults and their families with genetic/familial disorders.

Clinics are held at metropolitan and country hospitals, and there is a component of outreach work in rural and remote Australia requiring the use of Telemedicine.

Based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), the Adult Genetics Unit provides a specialist clinical genetics consultation service focussing on genetic diagnosis and testing for rare disorders.

Services include:

  • familial cancer genetic diagnosis and counselling
  • Huntington disease predictive testing service
  • clinical/genetic diagnosis of syndromic connective tissue disorders and aortopathies (e.g. Marfan, Loeys-Dietz and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes)
  • Genetic assessment of familial endocrine disorders.

Advice is provided on the appropriate investigation of complex cases and interpretation/communication of the results. Organisation of extended family testing and predictive genetic testing is also offered.

The service does not provide ongoing patient management.

Please view the Adult Genetics Unit outpatient service in CALHN web page for more information.

Appointments at RAH

Outpatient Department, Level 5E.1.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road SA 5000

Please note: The Adult Genetic Unit holds clinics at other hospitals and appointments may be scheduled at another hospital.


  • Professor Eric Haan
  • Dr Nicola Poplawski


Fax referral to us

We accept GP, private specialist and other health professional referrals to this service.

All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency.
For urgent referrals please contact the Adult Genetics Unit on (08) 7074 2697

  • For referral guidelines regarding cancer genetic assessment and consideration of genetic testing please refer to eviQ

A referral letter from a medical practitioner is required. If the referral is for suspected familial cancer, a referral proforma is available below.

To make a referral

Post, fax or email the referral letter to the Adult Genetics Unit.

Please address referrals to: Prof Eric Haan or Dr Nicola Poplawski

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