For couples and single patients interested in gene testing to
decrease their chance of having a child with a serious health
For couples using either natural conception or IVF to have a child.
For healthy adults interested in a gene test that may predict a
future health problem.
Tests look for genes that can predispose to cancer, cardiovascular diseases and others
Wellspring Genetics uses leading Australian and international
Color, Invitae, QML via Genomic Diagnostics, Sullivan
Nicolaides via Sonic Genetics, and VCGS Pathology.
All are certified by the relevant quality assurance authorities for medical testing.
The cost of gene testing varies from about $350 to $995
depending on the test required. The most common test costs
This cost is paid to the pathology laboratory, not Wellspring Genetics.
Wellspring Genetics will aim to see any patients within two
weeks. A patient in the public hospital system may have to
wait up to 12 months.
Any patient with medical issues that need to be discussed can also be offered a fast track appointment to see Dr Michael Gattas at Brisbane Genetics.
Aimée Dane is an Associate Genetic Counsellor who is passionate
about providing person-centred genetic counselling and supporting
individuals to make informed decisions about their care. Aimée has
a particular interest in cancer, pre-conception and prenatal
Aimée graduated with first class honours in Psychological Science at the University of Queensland in 2009. She went on to complete a Master of Science, graduating with first class honours in Genetic Counselling at Griffith University in 2013.
Since completing her postgraduate studies, Aimée has worked as a genetic counsellor in Australia and the United Kingdom. While in London, Aimée worked in the Cancer Genetics Unit of The Royal Marsden Hospital, Europe’s largest cancer centre, providing genetic counselling to Marsden patients and their families. Aimée continues to work at Genetic Health Queensland, the statewide clinical genetics service of Queensland, providing genetic counselling to patients referred to the public hospital service.
Dr Gattas is a Physician or Medical Specialist who has completed
sub-specialty training in Clinical Genetics.
Dr Gattas graduated with honours from Sydney University Medical School in 1986. He moved to Brisbane in 1988 to complete his training in Paediatrics at the Mater Children’s Hospital. He then moved to Melbourne with his young family and started training in Clinical Genetics as a Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. The next 3 years were spent in Birmingham in England working in the West Midlands Clinical Genetics Service. He has always worked in clinical practice, and not in research or laboratory genetics practice.
Dr Gattas returned to Brisbane in 1996 and has worked for over 20 years in public hospital practice at Genetic Health Qld. He started his private practice at Brisbane Genetics in 2004. He has a broad experience in all aspects of genetics, including cancer genetics, chromosome abnormalities, paediatric genetics, IVF and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). He was an author of one of the earliest papers on the use of video-consultation for clinical genetics practice in 2001.