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Core Carrier Screening

At home genetic test for women/AFAB in early pregnancy or preconception that checks your risk of passing on three of the most common genetic diseases to your child - cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy & fragile X syndrome. You only need to order one test kit for yourself, as your male/AMAB parter does not get screened unless your results show you are a carrier. If this happens, we'll send you another kit free of charge.

Bulk bill option available

1 saliva sample kit for the female/AFAB

Free genetic counselling included

Medicare 

This test is 100% covered by Medicare, once per lifetime for people who are eligible. If you meet the criteria below, you can bulk bill and pay nothing upfront.

Eligibility criteria

  • Valid green Medicare number
  • Assigned female at birth
  • Pregnant or planning a pregnancy
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • No previous Medicare benefit for this test
  • Clinical necessity for the test (our medical practitioners will determine this)
Medicare

What's included

1 sample collection kit for female/AFAB

DNA analysis in a certified laboratory

Doctor reviewed test results

Consult with a genetic counsellor

Frequently asked questions

Each test comes with a consult with a Eugene genetic counsellor to discuss your results and any options you want to consider. If you’d like, we’ll also provide specialist referrals to support your ongoing care or forward your results to your GP or specialist.

Plus you can always access our free education tools or sign up for ongoing EugeneCare+ support.

80% of babies born with an inherited genetic condition had no family history of it. That’s why Eugene’s carrier screening is relevant when you are planning a pregnancy, regardless of your family background or history.

Core Carrier Screening is an individual test for people assigned female at birth that has 1 saliva sample kit and 1 report. Reproductive partners will only be tested if you are found to be a carrier so you don't need to order one for them. The test screens for Cystic fibrosis (CF), Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Fragile X. These are 3 of the most common genetic disease that affect children in Australia. 1 in 20 people find out they are carriers of a condition on this test.

Our Expanded and Comprehensive Carrier Screening options are much more inclusive to risks faced by everyone, because certain conditions are more common in different ethnicities — and its 2023, so most of us are more mixed than we think we are!

8 out of 10 people who do our comprehensive carrier screening test find out they are healthy carriers of at least one condition. Knowing this info in advance is really important because it can open up reproductive options and even significantly reduce the chance of passing the specific condition.

1 in 240 couples find out they have a high risk of having a child with one of the 3 conditions we screen for in this test.

With our Comprehensive Carrier Screening, 1 in 40 partners find out that they have a high risk of having a child with one of the 500 conditions on the test.

This test is not meant to diagnose a person with any of the conditions screened for.

If you are eligible for a Medicare rebate, you have the option to bulk bill the test and pay nothing, or you can pay up front and manage your own claim. If you're not eligible for Medicare, you can still buy the test but you won't be able to get the rebate.

To be eligible, you must meet all of following criteria:

  • Valid green Medicare number
  • Assigned female at birth
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • No previous claim for this test (the benefit is once per lifetime)
  • Pregnant or planning a pregnancy

If you choose to bulk bill, we'll check that your Medicare number is eligible and if it's not, we'll send you an invoice for the full price of the test that you'll need to pay before we can proceed.

Yes you can purchase the test without Medicare for $399. Just select the 'Pay upfront' option when you purchase.

No they don't, only the person assigned female at birth needs to order a test kit. The male/AMAB partner will only be tested in the instance that your results indicate you are a carrier. If that happens, we will let you know in your results appointment and send you another test kit for your partner free of charge.

There is no need to order an additional test kit for your partner. The Medicare rebate is only available once per lifetime per person for this test so it's important that you only order one for yourself.

If you do order more than one test, the others will be returned and only one will be shipped.

The Medicare rebate is only available once per lifetime per person for this test, it's important that you only order one for yourself.

There is no need to order an additional test kit for your partner as they do not need to be tested. If you do order more than one test, the others will be returned and only one will be shipped.

No, only females/people assigned female at birth can order this test as they are the only ones who need to be tested and who are eligible for the Medicare rebate.

If you are male/AMAB and you order this test, you will be asked to provide your female/AFAB partner's details instead or if you don't have a partner, your order will be refunded.

If you need to do the test because your female/AFAB partner has been identified as a carrier on another test not done at Eugene, we unfortunately won't be able to help you at this stage as a male/AMAB Core test is not available from our lab. You can however order our Comprehensive Carrier Screening test, which screens for the same three conditions as Core as well as 500+ others.