Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Department of Genetic Medicine

Support After Fetal Diagnosis of Abnormality (SAFDA)


SAFDA (Support After Fetal Diagnosis of Abnormality) was established in South Australia in 1999 to support parents and families before and after termination of pregnancy for a fetal abnormality. The group provides the following services:

  • Meetings are held bimonthly on the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The group by a member of SAFDA and Anne Baxendale/Sarah Borrie, Genetic Counsellors, SA Clinical Genetics Service, Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • A newsletter is produced three times a year written by and for group members.
  • Telephone contact is available for those who wish to discuss issues on a one to one basis.
  • Education of other health professionals. A member of SAFDA and the genetic counsellors are available to talk to health professionals about the role of SAFDA and the general issue of support after diagnosis of a fetal abnormality.

PDF iconSAFDA brochure (161kb)

Contact details

For discussion about attending meetings, receiving telephone support or to ask more about SAFDA’s role in supporting families please contact:

Anne Baxendale
Senior Genetic Counsellor
Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics Unit
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
T: 8161 7375

Sarah Borrie
Associate Genetic Counsellor
Paediatric and Reproductive genetics Unit
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
T: 8161 7375

To contact the editor of the newsletter: please email safdaeditor@gmail.com.

To be added to newsletter mailing list: please email safdadigital@gmail.com – this is not a monitored account, please direct queries to the above email addresses.


last modified: 15 Jun 2020