Investigating the feasibility of a public health system carrier-screening program in Western Australia

Royston Ong

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Abstract

Autosomal recessive and X-linked diseases cause significant paediatric morbidity and mortality. Carrier-screening can inform couples of their risk of having an affected child. However, carrier-screening was traditionally offered only to specific populations. To investigate whether carrier-screening could be implemented using existing components of the West Australian (WA) public health system, I surveyed the community and health professionals; designed a protocol and ran the pilot study recruiting and testing 225 WA couples. My study showed that carrier-screening can be provided through existing components of the WA public health system and suggests high-risk carrier couples might be more common than previously appreciated.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Laing, Nigel, Supervisor
  • Ravenscroft, Gina, Supervisor
  • Dawson, Vaille, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date8 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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