percept and prepair provided by VCGS - Victorian Clinical Genetic Services (Laboratory)

We are experts in genetic testing. We’re also Australian and not-for-profit, using proceeds from testing to support the latest in medical research. We’re part of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and are located at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Western Obstetrics Collection Centre for NIPT Testing

percept is a non-invasive prenatal screening test (NIPT) for chromosome conditions.

NIPT is a blood test that looks at small pieces of DNA from your pregnancy. These pieces are found in your blood by the time you are 10 weeks pregnant. By looking at these pieces of DNA, percept NIPT can tell you if there’s an increased chance that your pregnancy may have a chromosome condition, such as Down syndrome.

percept NIPT looks at all 23 pairs of chromosomes, meaning it screens for many chromosome conditions.

You can have percept NIPT anytime from 10 weeks of pregnancy.


This test is not covered by private health insurance or Medicare.

percept NIPT will tell you the chance that your pregnancy may have a certain type of chromosome condition. 

percept NIPT looks for conditions across all 23 pairs of chromosomes. This includes: 

  • The three most common chromosome conditions seen in pregnancy - Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome.
  • Less common conditions caused by changes to the number of chromosomes.
  • Conditions caused by changes to chromosome structure (missing or extra pieces of chromosomes).
  • Sex chromosome conditions caused by changes to the X and Y chromosomes (which determine the sex of the baby). Testing can also identify the sex of your baby.

For more information CLICK HERE

Genetic carrier screening will tell you if you are a carrier for three commonly inherited genetic conditions: cystic fibrosis (CF), fragile X syndrome (FXS) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Anyone can be a carrier of a genetic condition, even if no one in your family has that condition.

Being a carrier usually does not affect your own health, but may affect the health of any children you have.

Having carrier screening before, or during early pregnancy, gives you information about your chance of having a child with one of these conditions. About 1-2% of couples who have screening find out they have an increased chance of having a child with an inherited genetic condition.

Carrier screening is ideally done before getting pregnant. However, it can be done within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Screening can be done using a saliva or blood sample.

This test may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. 

For more information about carrier screening CLICK HERE.


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