is a genetic condition?
A gene or
a chromosome change can result in a genetic condition. Genes are
the instructions that determine our physical and intellectual
characteristics, and also control the correct functioning of our
bodies. A genetic condition can run in families, but may occur
without a previous family history.
Many Families in Australia are affected by a genetic condition?
- One person
in ten will be adversely affected, directly or in directly , by
a genetic problem during their life time.
- About half
of all miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities
- So far over
6000 disorders have been identified, caused by changes in any
one of the 100,00 or so genes in our bodies.
The list in increasing
every year and includes conditions such as vision or hearing impairment,
cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, haemophilia, some forms of
breast and colon cancer, and conditions that affect growth and development.
How can AGSA help?
of a genetic condition in a family member, particularly a child,
places enormous stress on a family. Families may feel the need
for personal support offering a specialized understanding of their
particular condition. Whilst there are support groups established
for a number of genetic disorders, AGSA may provide the only contact
point for families affected by a rare condition. AGSA will endeavor
to facilitate contact with another family/individual affected
by the same, or similar conditions, and/or provide information
about overseas support group.
AGSA also provides:
- A Support
and Information Officer who deals with enquiries and facilitates
ongoing support for individuals, families, health professionals
and other interested groups.
relating to education, medical services, other helpful organizations,
allowances and respite care.
- Local Regional