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Key messages

  • Screening tests are not diagnostic and therefore follow-up testing is always required for abnormal results.
  • A 'well-looking infant' may quickly become critically ill.
  • Timing of sample collection is important. Informed consent, in writing, must be obtained from the parents prior to testing.

In Victoria, the newborn bloodspot screening program is funded by the Department of Health and is available to all infants.

The screening service is operated by the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services based at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

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Safer Care Victoria endorses the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) Newborn Bloodspot Screening (NBS).

VCGS information includes:

  • Overview
  • What is this test?
  • Conditions this test looks for
  • How to arrange a test
  • Resources and FAQs

The Newborn Bloodspot Screening e-learning tool has been developed for nursing/midwifery students, practising professionals, ward clerks, administrators and parents. For more information including sample collection see the NBS Collection Guideline.

The Better Health Channel also has useful information.

Get in touch

Centre of Clinical Excellence - Women and Children
Safer Care Victoria

Version history

First published: August 2014

Reviewed: June 2022

Page last updated: 06 Jul 2022

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