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Medical Genetics

Medical Genetics is a branch of medicine concerned with the study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity, and as such involves the diagnosis and management of hereditary disorders. It focuses on the diagnosis, management, and counselling of people with genetic disorders and their family members.

Capital Genetics Group ( is a private genetic health service based at Riddiford Medical Centre in Wellington. Our team offers genetic counselling services, including face-to-face appointments as well as virtual appointments to discuss and arrange genetic testing for individuals and families who:

  • Wish to be seen with priority (no referral needed)

  • May not meet criteria for an appointment with the public service, but still have concerns about their family history.

  • May be curious about their genetic risk and the expanding number of informative genetic tests that are clinically available to help clarify their risk.

We provide information, education, genetic testing and supportive counselling on a range of genetic issues including:

  • Familial cancer risk assessment and genetic testing

  • Pre-conception carrier testing and advice

  • Family medical history and implications

  • Options for having a family when you have genetic risks

  • Adjusting to the diagnosis of a genetic condition can be challenging. We can provide additional counselling and/ or information and advice regarding:

  • A diagnosis of a genetic condition

  • Risks for a current pregnancy and options for future pregnancies

What is genetic counselling?

Genetic counselling is a process that aims to explain inheritance, individual risk, genetic testing technology and results in plain English.

Decision making is supported by exploring the individualised benefits and pitfalls of gaining this information. Results are discussed in detail and follow up support and referrals are arranged if indicated. Our staff are certified genetic counsellors also employed by the Genetic Health Service NZ (GHSNZ) and active in the Human Genetic Society of Australasia (HGSA). We bring experience, a proven track record, and longstanding connections with dedicated clinicians and scientists delivering individualised genetic healthcare in Australasia and globally. 

Contact us ( today via the website with questions or to book an appointment; 

Or email:

The standard fee for an initial Genetics consultation is $375.

Please enquire if you require a more detailed estimate of costs.

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For additional and specific information, please download our Fact Sheets below:

Team Members

Sally Jackson

Alice Christian

Emma Felix

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