Genetic carrier screening is usually requested by general practitioners, obstetricians, fertility specialists, midwives, genetic counsellors or medical geneticists. Let your healthcare provider know that you wish to have genetic carrier screening. Your healthcare provider will need to complete a test request form.
Screening can be performed on one or both biological parents. Testing both parents at the same time will give the most informative result. If only one parent is screened, it is recommended that the female partner is screened as this will include screening for conditions on the X chromosome. Genetic carrier screening can be performed on blood or saliva samples. Carrier screening kits can be ordered online (click here to see list) and returned by mail to the genetic testing laboratory. We recommend you ask for your testing to be performed by a specialist genetic testing laboratory.
Depending on the screening you have, results will be available approximately 2-6 weeks after the sample was received by the laboratory. Results are issued to the healthcare provider who requested the screening. The healthcare provider will discuss the results and may make a referral for genetic counselling if the results show the couple has an increased chance of having a child with a genetic condition. If only one partner has been screened and is a genetic carrier, the healthcare provider will order carrier screening for the other partner to check whether they also carry that condition.
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Below is a list of companies offering genetic carrier screening in Australia. The screening options vary in relation to what conditions are screened, cost and whether genetic counselling is provided. Anyone considering having genetic carrier screening should discuss their options with their GP, obstetrician, or a genetics health professional, who can provide further information and guidance.
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This information is intended as a guide only, and does not endorse any particular company.
Australian genetic carrier screening providers wanting to be on this list can contact us via the form located at the bottom of this website.