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Core Carrier Screening

At home genetic test for women in early pregnancy or preconception that checks if you have a higher chance of passing on three of the most common genetic diseases to your child - cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy & fragile X syndrome. Only 1 test is needed for the person assigned female at birth. Partners don't get screened unless you're identified as a carrier.

Bulk bill option available

1 saliva sample kit

Free genetic counselling included


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

If we find you’re not eligible, you’ll need to pay the full price of the test before we can proceed. Our medical practitioners will determine that the test is right for you.


What's included

At-home sample collection kit

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.