Trusted information about birth defects from leading Australian health organisations, including links to content on spina bifida and amniocentesis.
Follow the links below to find out more about diethylstilboestrol (DES), a synthetic form of oestrogen.
Children with Noonan syndrome may have odd facial features, restricted growth and heart defects, but most, with therapy, go on to lead normal lives.
Browse our index of articles on genetic disorders to learn about a specific condition. Information includes signs and symptoms of the condition, how it is diagnosed and where to go for support.
Long QT syndrome
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a disorder of the heart's electrical system that can cause fast, chaotic heartbeats, called arrhythmias.
Congenital heart disease
Congenital heart disease is a birth defect, occurring when a baby is born with a heart that hasn’t formed properly. Some forms of the condition are uncomplicated; others can be very serious. Learn about the differences here.
Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which the seams (sutures) between the bones in a newborn baby's skull close too early. It can be treated.
Genetics of dementia
There isn't a single gene that is responsible for most types of dementia. However, some rare types of dementia can be inherited.
Cystic fibrosis (CF)
Cystic fibrosis is a disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. Learn more about cystic fibrosis (CF), including its symptoms, treatment options and how it's diagnosed.
This is a heart condition in which a section of the aorta, an important blood vessel, is narrowed. Aortic coarctation mainly affects newborn babies.