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Newborn screening for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID)

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Craig Mathieson
37 Blue Hills Drive

Total Signatures - 777

Sponsoring Member: Mr David Janetzki MP

Posting Date: 4/12/2018

Closing Date: 4/06/2019

Tabled Date: 11/06/2019

Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 11/07/2019

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the infant mortality of Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). SCID is a life-threatening condition that without early diagnosis and treatment can result in death within the first few months of life. Inclusion in the Newborn Screening test would enable early detection, diagnosis and lifesaving treatment for these babies.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to call on the Government to introduce the inclusion of screening for SCID into the existing Newborn Screening (Guthrie test) to reduce preventable infant mortality. This is already standard practice in New Zealand, most US States and other OECD countries.