Journal article

Regional variations in prenatal screening across Australia: Stepping towards a national policy framework

Peter O'Leary, Nikki Breheny, Gabrielle Reid, Taryn Charles, Jon Emery

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A relatively few centres across Australia provide screening tests for maternal serum markers or ultrasound measurement of fetal nuchal translucency to assess risk of fetal anomalies such as Down syndrome. While providers engage in external accreditation and quality assurance programs, state and federal governments have been slow to formulate relevant policies and standards. AIM: In this paper we review the current practices across Australian states and territories and propose recommendations for developing a national policy framework. METHODS: Data on the number and types of screening tests provided as well as state policies, where they are available, were obtained from governmen..

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