The NSW Newborn Screening Programme
The purpose of newborn screening is to test all newborns for early signs of a
number of treatable congenital metabolic disorders. This website describes these
disorders and the operation of the New South Wales Newborn Screening Programme.
The pamphlet "Test to protect your baby"
is essential reading for all mothers before their baby has the newborn screening
sample taken. It is available in English and in nine other languages.
Newborn screening tests are free. The tests are not compulsory, and parents
may refuse the test on behalf of their baby, but this could unnecessarily risk
the baby's health.
Each year the Newborn Screening Programme tests over 90,000 babies and
detects about 90 who need urgent assessment and treatment.