Genetic Carrier Test

For pre-pregnancy or early pregnancy

Find confidence in family planning with a convenient at-home genetic carrier testing kit, accurate results and supportive genetic counselling. A partnership with Eugene.

Easy at-home saliva test
Screens nearly 300 serious conditions
3 - 6 weeks from start to finish

Genetic carrier screening is recommended by:

An essential for family planning

Why genetic testing is important

Genes are a wonderful, powerful thing. From eye colour to dimples – the genes we pass on influence how our children grow up.

We all carry gene variations, but when a partner or donor is a carrier of the same condition, there’s a 1 in 4 chance that your children could be affected by that condition.

It may be daunting, but knowing this risk can help you make empowered choices about how you plan your pregnancy, or even significantly reduce the risk of having a child affected by the condition.

Carrier screening delivered with care, convenience and compassion

Genetic carrier testing is for anyone who would like to have a family some day.

It tests you and your partner’s or donor’s DNA for variations that could cause a serious genetic condition in your child.

Eugene tests for conditions like cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, kidney disease, and almost 300 more.

Easy-to-use saliva test
No blood test required
Free genetic counselling
Ask questions and understand results
Thoughtful education
Available to you always
Takes 3-6 weeks all up
From start to finish

How it works

Feel supported every step of the way, with regular 
check-ins from genetic counsellors.
Order your kit
Delivered free to your door
Provide a saliva sample
Send it off using the prepaid envelope
Testing takes place
Genetic scientists test for close to 300 conditions
Receive your results
In a confidential video call with a genetic counsellor
Get your care plan
If next steps are required, we’ll create a care plan for you

What you’ll get

It may feel overwhelming, but it’s important to know your carrier status. Don’t worry, we’ll be right there with you.

Most people get
Peace of mind
Most couples find out that they are not carriers of the same condition. Knowing this can give you reassurance and peace of mind that you have significantly reduced your risk of having a child born with one of these conditions.
Others get
Life changing information
1 in 40 couples find out they’re carriers of the same condition. For these couples, there’s a 25% chance of having a child affected by that condition. Knowing this information in advance can help you make informed pregnancy choices.
“Carrier screening unlocks one piece of that puzzle to help you understand your genetics, and empowers you to use that knowledge when preparing for your family.”
Stephanie Groube, Eugene Genetic Counsellor

We could talk about it all day.

But don't take our word for it. Australian women were waiting for this
You’ve made a complex and overwhelming test and all that involves seems less daunting especially given how you can explain things in everyday peoples terms. We’ve learnt a lot and I believe in turn we’ve educated so many of our family and friends on what’s available and the importance of testing, I only wish we had done it sooner.
Genetic Carrier Customer
Warragul
We were unsure about genetic testing but so happy we were recommended to Eugene! The process was simple, everything was so easy to understand and Zoe explained everything with care and compassion. Highly recommended!
Genetic Carrier Customer
Melbourne
I highly recommend Eugene to anyone considering a pregnancy, whether you have already started your family or not. The information provided by this service allows you to understand your genetic health in a supported environment. Eugene is a true step forward in the accessibility and affordability of this type of testing. A+
Genetic Carrier Customer
Southport

Conditions we screen for

Almost 300 serious conditions are tested in our panel

Cystic Fibrosis
CFTR
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
SMN1
Thalessemia
Tay-Sachs Disease
HEXA
Kidney Disease
PKHD1-related
Cystinosis
CTNS
View full list

Choose your Eugene genetic testing kit

Everything you need to empower your fertility journey, plus thoughtful education 
along the way.

These genetic screening tests are trusted by clinicians at:
Individual
$549
For one person to test themselves.
1 saliva testing kits
Prepaid return parcel
Results from genetic 
counsellor
Custom care plan
Get individual test
Couple
$749
For couples and those using a known donor.
2 saliva testing kits
Prepaid return parcel
Results from genetic 
counsellor
Custom care plan
Get couples test

Ask us anything

Seriously, our experts have all the answers.

Is genetic screening and genetic carrier testing the same thing?

Yes, genetic carrier testing may also be referred to as genetic testing, genetic screening, or reproductive carrier screening. No matter the name, it’s a simple test used to identify an individual or couple’s chance of having a child with a serious genetic condition.

Who should get genetic carrier testing and when?

Honestly, it’s for anyone hoping to have a family someday. Both The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) recommend carrier screening for women planning a pregnancy or in the first trimester.

But there’s nothing to say you can’t find out your carrier status sooner. In fact, some people choose to test when planning their future or considering a long term relationship with a new partner.

While it can be daunting, knowing your risk in advance can help you make more informed pregnancy choices; and if necessary, significantly reduce your risk of passing on the condition.

I don’t have a family history of genetic conditions. Is this still relevant for me?

Genetic carrier screening is relevant for all people hoping to have a family. Despite popular belief, 80% of babies born with an inherited genetic condition had no family history of that condition. Eugene’s test can offer this peace of mind, and help you understand your carrier status.

Why should I do this test over a 3 gene screen?

The 3 gene screen looks for cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and Fragile X. Eugene’s panel tests for all of these and nearly 300 more. This means it has much higher detection rates and is more inclusive of risks faced by everyone.

Can I get some help to understand my results?

Of course. Each test comes with a post-test genetic counselling session. Your Eugene genetic counsellors are all trained and have practised across a number of specialties in addition to carrier screening, and together with our consultant geneticists and widespread network of healthcare professionals, we make sure you’re always connected and supported.

Are my results and personal information secure?

We comply with the most stringent local and international privacy and security regulations. We take incredible care to use technical, process and physical safeguards to secure your personal information and protect it against misuse, loss or alteration.

Eugene and Kin do not share any of your data with anyone but you and (with your expressed permission) your doctor.

Is genetic carrier testing covered by Medicare or health insurance?

In Australia, there is currently no Medicare rebate or private health insurance support available for genetic carrier testing.

What else should I be doing to prepare for starting a family?

In order to give your baby the best possible start, doctors recommend taking a prenatal vitamin around 3 months before trying to conceive. Doing this helps you reach optimal nutrient levels, which in turn supports your baby’s early development.

Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal, which is why we created Kin’s Next-Gen Prenatal. Made with 12 essential ingredients, including bioavailable methylated folate, ours is backed by dietitians and designed to support both mum and baby when they need it most.

Let us help you

Don't know what to ask or where to start?
Our care team is always here to help you.
Email us at [email protected]