Genetic/Increased Risk for Gynaecological Cancer


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


All referrals should comply to referral standards.

There are a number of groups of women who we see for advice about their possible or proven genetic predisposition to gynaecological malignancies. These include:

  • Women with a strong family history of breast and ovarian malignancy
  • Women who are known carriers of BRCA1 or 2 mutations
  • Women who are known carriers of mutations for Lynch II syndrome or HNPCC
  • Women with a strong family history of bowel and endometrial cancer

Advice can be given regarding:

  • Surveillance (or the lack of available screening techniques)
  • Prophylactic surgery (i.e. prophylactic bilateral salpingoopherectomy and hysterectomy)
  • Strategies to minimise risk

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Gynaecologic Oncology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

Please read about familial risk assessment FRA BOC.

Consideration should be given as to whether an opinion from the Tasmanian Clinical Genetics Service would be helpful prior to referral to our service.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.


Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 8302  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED – Phone: 0409 867 492  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: 0459 848 725  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6101  Fax: (03) 6173 0489


We will endeavour to see urgent referrals for women with a suspected or proven gynaecologic malignancy within one to two weeks.  If you have any trouble obtaining an urgent appointment please contact our secretary on (03) 6166 8049.


Women will be given an appointment between one to eight weeks depending upon reason for referral