Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a revolutionary advance in prenatal screening which can detect genetic material (DNA) from the placenta in a blood test from the mother.

In the past, the ability to test DNA from the fetus required much more invasive methods such as amniocentesis or placental biopsies, which are not without risks to mothers and their babies. NIPT is a simple and highly accurate test which may help avoid more invasive prenatal testing methods.

The Generation non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) screens for the most common chromosomal abnormalities that can affect your baby’s future health using a simple blood test.

The Generation NIPT is available from as early as the 10th week of pregnancy, for both singleton and twin pregnancies. Your doctor may recommend the Generation Plus test which also tests for removal of small parts of the baby’s DNA (microdeletions) when there are reasons to do so.

Generation - $395

Generation 46 - $395

Generation Plus - $695

Your Reproductive Health Test Journey

Starting a family is an exciting and sometimes confusing time. There are a number of genetic tests you may like to consider during this. Please discuss them with your doctor.

  • Some pregnancies may need further genetic testing based on family history, ultrasound findings or high risk NIPT results.  Talk to your doctor for further information.

Introducing the Generation screen

You can have an NIPT blood test as early as 10 weeks

The lowest reported test failure rate of any NIPT

99% Accuracy for Trisomy 21, 18 & 13

Doctors will receive results within 5-7 days

All screens are analysed in an accredited Australian* laboratory

Only a single tube of blood is drawn

* If a Generation Plus test is requested, your sample will be sent to an accredited laboratory in California. Results will be available in 10-12 days due to shipping times.

NB: Prices are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice.

How it works

There are only four simple steps to having your Generation test.

2. Prepare for your collection

Prepayment is required for Generation. Pay online or over the phone on 1800 822 999. Record your receipt number on the request form. You will also need to sign the Patient Consent section on the request form before blood collection.



4. See your physician to get your results

Your result is provided to your physician, who will discuss this with you and action any relevant findings. Genetic counselling is offered free of charge for all high risk results.

1. See your physician to get a referral

NIPT testing can provide important health information on your baby. See your physician, who can discuss the appropriate Generation option with you, and request the test.



NIPT testing can provide important health information on your baby. See your physician, who can discuss the appropriate Generation option with you, and request the test.

2. Prepare for your collection

Prepayment is required for Generation. Pay online or over the phone on 1800 822 999. Record your receipt number on the request form. You will also need to sign the Patient Consent section on the request form before blood collection.

3. Get your sample collected

You can have your sample collected at one of our collection centres, which can be selected at the time of online payment. Bring your Generation request form with you when having your blood collected. Generation Plus is not collected each day. Please check on your request form for exact collection days. Your sample is then transported to the laboratory, and tested.

4. See your physician to get your results

Your result is provided to your physician, who will discuss this with you and action any relevant findings. Genetic counselling is offered free of charge for all high risk results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a complex test and we have answered your most frequent queries on our Generation range of tests below. Please discuss these with your doctor and if you still have questions that are not answered, we welcome your call.

The Generation option screens for:

  • Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)
  • Specific sex chromosome aneuploidies
  • Fetal sex

The Generation 46 option of the NIPT range of tests screens for:

  • changes in all chromosomes 1 – 22
  • subchromosomal aneuploides >7Mb
  • specific sex chromosome aneuploides
  • fetal sex

The Generation Plus option screens for:

  • Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)
  • 5 specific microdeletion syndromes
    • 22q11 deletion (DiGeorge syndrome)
    • 15q11 (Angelman/Prader-Willi syndrome)
    • 1p36
    • 4p (Wolf-Hirschorn syndrome)
    • 5p (Cri-du-chat syndrome)
  • Specific sex chromosome aneuploidies
  • Fetal sex

The Generation prenatal test does not qualify for a Medicare rebate and is not covered by private health insurance. It requires payment before testing is performed. The total out-of-pocket cost to the patient for Generation is $395, for Generation 46 is $395 and for Generation Plus is $695.

* Prices are valid as of October 2020 and are subject to change.

During pregnancy, some of the baby’s DNA from the placenta crosses into your bloodstream. After your blood test, the Generation NIPT tests this DNA to identify certain chromosome conditions in your pregnancy. The Generation test takes a deeper approach to the science, using an advanced technology called “Massively Parallel Sequencing” to analyse millions of DNA fragments per sample and accurately count the number of chromosomes present to determine if there are too many or too few copies of the tested chromosomes in your baby.

Simply because it can be used to obtain important and accurate information about the health of your developing baby in the first trimester (at 10 weeks), with little or no risk to the pregnancy.

This screening test may be an option for you if:

  • You will be 35 years or older at the time of delivery (32 years or older for a twin pregnancy)
  • You have an abnormal or “positive” serum screen
  • Your ultrasound has revealed concerns or abnormalities with foetal growth and / or development
  • You have a personal or family history suggestive of a chromosome disorder (eg. Down syndrome)

 

What’s more, clinical best practice guidelines from Australian and international medical societies recommend that all pregnant women, regardless of risk status, be given the opportunity to take an NIPT and other available prenatal screening and diagnostic tests.

The Generation prenatal test is a highly accurate advanced screening test that is non-invasive. No test, however, can guarantee a baby will not have any medical issues.

The Generation test only addresses aneuploidies of specific chromosomes including the sex chromosomes. It doesn’t test for genetic and non-genetic problems that may be present in a baby or report on them.

No. Your doctor needs to specify on the Generation request form if you want to be told about the fetal sex, or for it not to be included in your report.

No. The Generation range of NIPT tests are offered as screening tests for chromosomal changes and fetal sex results are included as a courtesy if requested.

Generation, Generation 46 and Generation Plus tests use one of the most accurate methods to test for these conditions.

No. The test has been designed to reliably detect fetal aneuploidies from 10 weeks gestation onwards. Testing before 10 weeks may result in a higher test failure rate.

Testing can be performed any time from 10 weeks onwards up until the date of delivery. However, options available in the case of a high risk results may be limited for later term testing, based on individual state regulations.

The maternal serum screen is an aneuploidy screening test which is only available during the first trimester period whereas NIPT can be offered anytime during a pregnancy. The accuracy of serum screening is not as high as NIPT for the common aneuploidies and it has both a higher false positive and a higher false negative rate than NIPT. This means serum screening  incorrectly reports that your baby has a high risk of a genetic change when they do not, or a low risk of a genetic change when the baby may actually have a genetic abnormality, at higher rates than with the NIPT test.

No. There are no Medicare rebates for NIPT testing at this time. We endeavour to keep our prices as low as possible and we have the lowest cost NIPT tests available.

No. The collection centre cannot take your payment. However, you can pay online anytime by clicking here. If you’re unable to pay online, you can make payment by phone Monday-Friday between 8am-6pm AEST on 1800 822 999.

Please note: As this website contains only general education information, professional advice from your medical practitioner should be sought before applying the information in this website to particular circumstances. You should not rely on any information contained in this website without first obtaining professional advice. Prices are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice.

Generation Tests

$395

Screening for the most common chromosomal changes.

  • Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) & Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)
  • Specific sex chromosome changes
  • Fetal sex

Results available within 5-7 business days.

$395

Screening all chromosomes for changes.

  • Chromosomal and subchromosomal changes  >7Mb
  • Specific sex chromosome changes
  • Fetal sex

Results available within 5-7 business days.

$695

Screening for the most common chromosomal changes plus specific microdeletion syndromes.

  • Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) & Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)
  • Specific sex chromosome changes
  • Fetal sex
  • Five microdeletion syndromes including 22q11 deletion (DiGeorge syndrome)

Results available within 10-12 business days.

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