Delivering newborn bloodspot screening programs

State and territory governments deliver newborn bloodspot screening programs. Learn more about the programs available in your state or territory.

How the program is delivered

Newborn bloodspot screening (NBS) programs are delivered at a state and territory level. The Australian Government helps fund NBS programs through the National Health Reform Agreement.

For more information on how Australia’s NBS programs are implemented, see the Newborn Bloodspot Screening National Policy Framework.

State and territory NBS programs

For more information about NBS, follow the link for your state or territory:

  • New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory – information from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network on newborn bloodspot screening tests for babies born in NSW and the ACT.
  • Victoria – information from the Victoria State Government Department of Health and Victorian Clinical Genetics Services.
  • Western Australia – information from the Western Australia Department of Health.
  • Queensland – information from Queensland Health.
  • South Australia – information for parents from SA Pathology.
  • Northern Territory – information from the Northern Territory government, including a link to a fact sheet.
  • Tasmania – information for parents from the Tasmanian Health Service.

State and territory NBS program contact details

You can call your state or territory program to find out about your baby’s bloodspot result or card, or to find out more about the program in your state or territory.

State NBS email address Phone

ACT

nswh-newbornscreening@health.nsw.gov.au

02 9845 3659

NT*

nnsu.pathology@health.qld.gov.au

HealthCYWHSNeonatalLaboratory@sa.gov.au

07 3646 7171

08 8161 6739

NSW

nswh-newbornscreening@health.nsw.gov.au 02 9845 3659

QLD

nnsu.pathology@health.qld.gov.au 07 3646 7171

SA

HealthCYWHSNeonatalLaboratory@sa.gov.au 08 8161 6739

TAS

HealthCYWHSNeonatalLaboratory@sa.gov.au 08 8161 6739

WA

wanbs@health.wa.gov.au 08 6383 4171

VIC

screeninglab@vcgs.org.au 03 8341 6272
  • *Northern Territory (NT) cards collected in Katherine and towns north of Katherine are sent to the Queensland laboratory for testing. NT cards collected in towns south of Katherine are sent to the South Australian laboratory for testing.

Other useful program information for parents

  • Neonatal screening test – information from Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.
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