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Prepair Carrier Screening

Alternate Names
VCGS Reproductive Genetic Carrier Screening, prepair 3
Ordering Information

As of 1st November 2023, Medicare elligible patients will be bulk billed for the prepair 3 test. Non-medicare patients will be charged the cost below.

Tests for parents being carriers of:

  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Fragile X
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Please note: Medicare Rebate for this test is subject to conditions. Patients may receive an invoice. Out of Pocket cost - $389.00

Female patient is tested first and if found to be a carrier, the male patient is tested for free.

For more information, please refer to VCGS website.


PLEASE NOTE: Over the holiday period, to ensure timely results and to avoid potential recollection, VCGS are implementing the following cut-off dates for the collection and sending of specimens.

Last day of sample collections 21 Dec 2023
Last day for sending shipments 22 Dec 2023
Resume sample collections 27 Dec 2023

*Do not collect samples on Friday, 22nd of December 2023

Referred Test
Saliva Swab
EDTA (purple)
Collection Instruction
Collect at room temperature
Additional Collection Instructions

Instructions for: Metropolitan and Regional Collections Staff

  • Do not collect a salivary swab unless this has been organised through the referred laboratory, VCGS. Saliva kits are available through VCGS.
Minimum Adult Volume
Minimum Paediatric Volume
As required
Test Code
Container ID
Opt. Specimen
Saliva Swab
Storage Instructions
Store specimen at room temperature
Transport Instructions
Transport at room temperature
Laboratory Notes

Instructions for: Metropolitan & Regional Specimen Receptions

  • Requests for prepair Carrier Screening are to be entered into LIS.
External Laboratory
Molecular Genetics, VCGS