Australia leads the way in new screening technology for babies
Posted By: News-Medical in Healthcare News
Published: Tuesday, 21-Dec-2004
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Australia is one of the first countries in the world to implement new screening technology across all States that will help detect an increased number of diseases in newborns.
Department of Health A/Director General Dr Neale Fong said the technology, tandem mass spectrometry, which was introduced in WA this month, was the biggest step forward in newborn screening in the past 35 years.
"This new innovation has been pioneered in Australia and increases the detection at birth of inheritable disorders from four to over 20," he said.
All babies will be tested for free at birth for the early signs of treatable disorders by the WA Newborn Screening Program at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.