A profile of consanguineous couples in Western Australia

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Master of Science


Faculty of Communications, Health and Science


The present study investigated consanguineous unions in Western Australia, irrespective of ethnic background, with attention paid to associated demographic variables. Despite its vast area, Western Australia was an excellent setting for a study of this nature, as virtually all cases of inherited diseases are referred and investigated via Genetic Services of Western Australia based in Perth. Four data sources were used to identify and investigate consanguineous marriages: Genetic Services of Western Australia, the Registrar General's Office of Births Deaths and Marriage, the Disability Services Commission and the Roman Catholic Archbishopric of Western Australia.

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