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Presymptomatic and predictive genetic testing in young people – guidelines Australasia
Human Genetics Society of Australasia
Paper provides guidelines as to when it is or is not appropriate to provide genetic testing to young people, including assessment of competence, maturity and capacity.

Toolkits and Protocols

Genetic Testing and Screening: Patient and Family Fact Sheet All
Fact sheet on genetic testing  for patients and their families, developed as part of the  ‘Genetics in Family Medicine: Australian Handbook for Medical Practitioners.’

Medical Genetic Testing: Information for Health Professionals 2010 Cth
NHMRC 2010
The purpose of Medical Genetic Testing: information for health professionals is to provide a source of information for use by health professionals involved in genetic testing. In addition to addressing technical issues of test utilisation and performance, the paper highlights the ethical, legal and social issues resulting from genetic testing.

Genetic Screening
Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Genetic Testing
Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Genetic Testing
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Genetic Testing / Counseling
Bioethics Resources on the Web

Genetic Testing & Screening
The Hastings Center

Medical Genetic Testing: information for health professionals

National regulatory frameworks regarding human reproductive genetic testing
Genetics and Public Policy Center
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis/prenatal diagnosis.

Quality and Safety in Genetic Testing: An Emerging Concern
WHO – Genomic resource centre

Reproductive Genetic Testing
The Genetics and Public Policy Center – Johns Hopkins University – Berman Institute of Bioethics


Farraj v King’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2006] EWHC 1228 (QB) UK
The plaintiffs argued that their child had been negligently screened for beta thalassaemia major (BTM). Wrongful birth claim caused by negligent genetic screening.

Waller v James [2006] HCA 16  Cth
Wrongful life claim based on negligent genetic screening.

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