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Every newborn baby in Australia is offered a test for rare, but serious, medical conditions. The conditions tested for are phenylketonuria, hypothyroidism and cystic fibrosis. You can choose whether you want your baby to have this test. A midwife will take a blood sample by pricking your baby’s heel. A few drops are collected on a piece of card. This usually happens between 48 and 72 hours after your baby is born. The card is then sent to a laboratory for testing. Most babies will have a normal test result. Sometimes a repeat test is needed. The results will usually be normal. If your baby is found to have a serious medical condition, you will be contacted to arrange treatment for your baby.