Patient Brochures


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Allergy testing
  • Allergy testing information, including standard and extended allergen panels, recombinant allergens, nut and peanut allergies and mammalian meat allergy.
Blood pressure - keeping it in check
  • The importance of blood pressure.
  • Diagnosis and monitoring 
  • BP testing over a 24-hour period (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring - ABPM).
  • How to make an appointment & how the monitor works.
Coeliac Disease - New directions in testing 
  • Diagnosing coeliac disease.
  • The role of genes HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8.
  • New directions in testing.
  • History of coeliac disease.
CST: Changes to cervical screening
  • On December 1, 2017, cervical cancer screening in Australia changed.
  • Why has screening changed?
  • How does the screening work?
  • What's involved?
  • FAQs answered.
Diabetes: Testing for type 2 diabetes
  • Information on testing to screen for, diagnose and manage type 2 diabetes
Dysplastic naevi
  • Patient fact sheet on dysplastic naevi, including general information and FAQs.
Expanded carrier screening
  • Reproductive carrier screening provides information about your risk of having a child with a serious genetic condition.
  • This brochure covers the questions you might have from what the testing is, how genes are detected all the way to arranging the testing and points to consider.
Fertility: Understanding your fertility, the eggtimer test
  • The anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) test helps assess a woman’s fertility and  egg reserve
  • AMH is secreted by early stage follicles (egg sacs) following ovulation
  • The measure of ovarian reserve is useful in IVF to work out if a woman is going to be a good candidate for the process
Haemochromatosis: Testing and treatment
  • In haemochromatosis, there is a breakdown in the process that controls iron levels in the body.
  • Haemochromatosis is diagnosed through blood tests and treatment involves regular drawing-off blood, a procedure called venesection.
Helicobacter Pylori: Testing for Helicobacter Pylori
  • Helicobacter pylori infection, a common bacterial infection that can damage the lining of the stomach and small bowel.
  • Diagnosis and monitoring, including blood test for antibodies, Urea Breath Test (UBT), and faecal antigen test.
  • Tests following a gastroscopy/ endoscopy and biopsy, including rapid urease test, microbiology culture and microscopic investigation.
Holter Monitor: information for patients
  • How the heartbeat occurs.
  • Abnormal heart beats or rhythms & symptoms (palpitations, racing heart, shortness of breath, missed or skipped beats, to fainting, blackouts).
  • Holter Monitor – a continuous monitoring of the heart rhythm through an ECG.
Inflammatory Bowel disease - IBD
  • Crohn’s disease (CD) & ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Genetics
  • Colonoscopy & tissue investigation
  • Faecal calprotectin 
Lactose intolerance and genetic testing
  • What are the signs of lactose intolerance?
  • What causes lactose intolerance?
  • Information on genetic testing.
  • How to arrange a test.
My Health Record and pathology results
  • SNP, in collaboration with referring doctors, is now able to upload pathology results to the My Health Record system.
  • Frequently asked questions on My Health Record and pathology results.
Pathology and pregnancy
  • Comprehensive overview of tests used to monitor your pregnancy
  • Routine antenatal tests – first, second and third trimester
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Blood group tests
  • Genetic and chromosomal tests and screening
Pharmacogenomics: personalising your medication PGx
  • When prescribed medication, what works for others may not necessarily be the best choice for you.
  • The Sonic PGx Panel is a genetic test that helps your doctor to provide the optimal prescription for you.
Prostate Cancer: testing     
  • Overview of prostate cancer & its diagnosis 
  • Prostate specific antigen (PSA), free/total PSA ratio & the Prostate Health Index
  • Guidelines for testing & Medicare rebate information
Receive your Warfarin Care results by SMS
  • How to access Warfarin care dose instructions & INR test results immediately by SMS/text
  • How to register & enrol
  • What will happen when you start receiving results
  • What will happen if results are outside your target range
Reproductive carrier screening
  • Available for three of the most common genetic disorders: Cystic fibrosis Spinal muscular atrophy Fragile X syndrome
  • Why test for these conditions?
  • Testing procedure and how to arrange for a test.
Ross River Virus (RRV) - Patient information sheet
  • What is Ross River Virus?
  • Symptoms explained.
  • How is RRV diagnosed?
  • Treatment options.
  • And, many other topics discussed.
Skin Cancer - information for patients
  • Overview of skin cancer  & its diagnosis
  • Images of different types of skin cancer 
  • Cross-sections of different types of skin cancer 
STI: How do you know if you have an STI - you don't
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections 
  • (Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Genital Herpes, Trichomoniasis, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Syphilis, Hepatitis B, HIV)
  • How & when to get tested
  • Collecting the sample yourself
Warfarin Care Patient Guide 
  • A comprehensive guide to the Warfarin Care program
  • Contact details of Warfarin Care support and dose information centre
  • INR results & managing your levels
  • Patient questionnaire 
  • Coumadin® and Marevan® 
Warfarin Care Billing information -  Issue 9
  • Warfarin Care account information
  • Warfarin Care access times 
  • INR testing fees
  • Medicare rebates