For medical practitioners

On January 7, 2011 the Health (Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies) Regulations 2010 came into effect. These regulations make reporting of developmental anomalies mandatory.

The decision to become statutory was reached by consensus, after consultation with health professionals, consumers and the community, and brings the register in line with other important health information collections in WA, such as the WA Midwives Notification of Birth System and the WA Cancer Registry.

In the regulations, a developmental anomaly is described as a condition of health, to which Part IXA of the Health Act 1911 applies. Therefore, for the purposes of the Regulations, a developmental anomaly is defined as:

  • cerebral palsy; or
  • a structural or functional anomaly, which is present at conception or occurs before the end of pregnancy and is diagnosed during pregnancy, or after stillbirth or termination of pregnancy, or after live birth, but before 6 years of age.
A more detailed list of developmental anomalies that require notification, is available here.

A list of developmental anomalies that do not require notification is also available here.

How to notify
The information collected, the ways it is collected, the health professionals who notify cases and the manner in which the Register operates are not expected to change significantly in the short term.

WARDA obtains information for its cases from a variety of sources, some of which are actively sourced.

With the new Regulations, diagnosing doctors and hospital CEOs will need to ensure that developmental anomalies are notified to WARDA and that this is completed within six months of making a diagnosis.

How to Notify

There are two main ways to notify WARDA of a diagnosis.

  1. Use the original Notification Cards for cerebral palsy and birth defects located within your organisation or
  2. Completing the WARDA Electronic Notification Card for

Additional information regarding cerebral palsy can be submitted using the Cerebral Palsy Description Form.

All forms will need to be printed off and posted to WARDA.

In the future, diagnosing doctors will be able to inform WARDA of diagnoses using electronic notification.

WARDA staff may contact you to ask you to provide further information.

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 2735
Fax: (08) 6458 2636
Email: gareth.baynam@health.wa.gov.au

Postal Address

King Edward Memorial Hospital
PO Box 134
Subiaco  WA  6904

Resources

Development anomalies that: