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Clinical Genetics (Adult Genetics Unit (Inherited diseases))


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 hospitals including the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Flinders Medical Unit and the Lyell McEwen Hospital (LMH) and country hospitals. There is a component of outreach work in rural and remote Australia requiring the use of Telemedicine. The Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics Unit and Paediatric Metabolic Units are based at the Women’s and Children Hospitals.

Based at the 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 (such as 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.

For more information, please view the CALHN Adult Genetics Unit outpatient service web page.

Outpatient appointments at RAH

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

Please refer to the outpatient map above and present to your designated clinic on the day of your appointment.

Please note: The Adult Genetic Unit holds clinics at other hospitals and you may receive an appointment at another hospital.


  • Professor Eric Haan
  • Dr Nicola Poplawski


You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you within clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.

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