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Lumi Health

Simple, at-home carrier screening genetic testing.

Ready to start a family? Make a Lumi carrier screening test your first step.

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The important first step in planning your family.

Make confident decisions during family planning. Understand your chance of having a baby with an inherited genetic condition, such as cystic fibrosis (CF), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) or fragile X syndrome (FXS).

Order online, test at home. No referral needed.

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Can be done at any time before pregnancy.

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  • No needles.
  • No blood tests.
  • No waiting at the GP's office.
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Our carrier screening products

Choose a level of screening that suits you. Each test includes a complimentary doctor appointment and genetic counselling session.

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Carrier screening coverage

Our tests provide insights into a wide range of inherited genetic conditions.

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CF, SMA, and Fragile X

3 genes, relating to 3 conditions

Metabolic conditions

Not included

Intellectual & other impacts

Not included

Neurological conditions

Not included

Bone & muscle conditions

Not included

Single organ conditions

Not included

Immune & Blood conditions

Not included

Other, rare conditions

Not included

CF, SMA, and Fragile X

3 genes, relating to 3 conditions

Metabolic conditions

Approximately 194 genes

Intellectual & other impacts

Approximately 89 genes

Neurological conditions

Approximately 106 genes

Bone & muscle conditions

Approximately 71 genes

Single organ conditions

Approximately 97 genes

Immune & Blood conditions

Approximately 46 genes

Other, rare conditions

Approximately 16 genes

CF, SMA, and Fragile X

3 genes, relating to 3 conditions

Metabolic conditions

Approximately 295 genes

Intellectual & other impacts

Approximately 161 genes

Neurological conditions

Approximately 197 genes

Bone & muscle conditions

Approximately 205 genes

Single organ conditions

Approximately 223 genes

Immune & Blood conditions

Approximately 108 genes

Other, rare conditions

Approximately 39 genes

CF, SMA, and Fragile X
Metabolic conditions
Intellectual & other impacts
Neurological conditions
Bone & muscle conditions
Single organ conditions
Immune & Blood conditions
Other, rare conditions

How carrier screening works

All our kits use a non-invasive cheek swab you can do at home.

  1. Order online

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    Select a kit and complete your purchase online. Your kit will be shipped to you in the mail. No referral required.

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  2. Swab at home

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    Once you receive your test kit, complete the simple cheek swab in the comfort and privacy of your home.

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  3. Mail your swab

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    Register your kit online and send your swab back to our accredited laboratory in the pre-paid envelope.

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  4. Discover your results

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    After we process your sample, your results are accessible online via a secure login portal.

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All women and couples planning pregnancy should be offered carrier screening

Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists1
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Why choose Lumi for carrier screening?

We have over 35 years of clinical experience and are leaders in reproductive genetics and family planning.

  • 35+ years of experience

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    We have over three decades of experience in clinical genetics, testing, and research.

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  • Recognised accreditation

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    Our laboratories meet all regulatory standards, ensuring your results are accurate and reliable.

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  • Simple & comprehensive

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    With Lumi, you can test at home at any time with no need for a referral. Our testing covers up to 1240+ genes.

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  • Support at every step

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    All our tests include complimentary Telehealth sessions. You'll also have access to genetic counselling.

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Testing accreditation

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Frequently asked questions

Our clinical experts and genetic counselling team are here to assist you.

  • What is carrier screening?


    Carrier screening is a type of test that checks whether you are carrying specific gene variants in your DNA that could cause genetic conditions in your children.

    If both you and your partner are carriers of the same gene variant, there is an increased chance of your children inheriting the condition. However, it does not guarantee that they will inherit the condition.

    Taking a carrier screening test allows women and couples to make informed reproductive choices. It can provide peace-of-mind through an understanding of your chance of having a child with a genetic condition.

  • What does carrier screening test for? What will I learn?


    Lumi has a range of carrier screening products available, which test for a different number of genes and conditions.

    Our most basic test is the Standard Carrier Screening test, which covers 3 genes and 3 of the more common inherited conditions: cystic fibrosis (CF), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and fragile X syndrome.

    This test is for individual biological females and is done using a simple cheek swab. You'll learn whether you are a carrier for the 3 conditions above. If you are a carrier, your reproductive partner should also be tested so you can understand your combined chance of passing on conditions to your children.

    We also offer Extended Carrier Screening and Comprehensive Carrier Screening testing options. Comprehensive screening covers more than 1,240 genes, including the 3 from Standard screening.

    These tests are for couples and will include 2 swabs. You will learn about your chance as a couple of having children with any of the conditions screened for. If you change partners in the future, you may need to re-test.

  • What does carrier screening cost?


    The cost of carrier screening varies depending on the type of screening and provider. Lumi offers bulk billed testing for Medicare-eligible customers.

    The Standard Carrier Screening test costs $0.00 out of pocket for all Medicare eligible Australians. Without Medicare, the test costs $360.00.

    An Extended Carrier Screening test costs $740.00 with Medicare, or $1,100.00 without Medicare. Comprehensive Carrier Screening test costs $890.00 with Medicare, or $1,250.00 without Medicare.

    All our prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD). We also provide free shipping on all orders. Prices may change during sales or other events, please refer to our shop for the most accurate pricing.

  • Who should do a carrier screening test?


    Leading colleges for women's health practitioners in both Australia and globally recommend that “all women and couples planning pregnancy should be offered screening for genetic conditions” regardless of ethnicity or family history1.

    Screening is relevant to anyone planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant. However, choosing to have carrier screening is a personal choice for you and/or your partner. Even if you've had children previously and haven't been tested yet, testing is still worthwhile.

    You don't need to have a family history to be a carrier, in fact most carriers have no family history of the condition.

  • When should I do a carrier screening test?


    Carrier screening is ideally done before you get pregnant. This gives you the most reproductive options and allows you to make the most well-informed decisions about your family planning.

    However, screening can be done within the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. If you and your partner are found to be carriers of the same condition, you can choose to test your pregnancy.

  • How do I do the test?


    Simply order a test online on our site and we will send a kit directly to you. All our tests only involve a simple cheek swab that can be done in the privacy, comfort, and safety of your own home.

    The cheek swab only takes a minute to complete. There are no blood tests, needles, or saliva tests.

    Screening done on a cheek swab is just as accurate as screening on blood samples. Doing your screening by a cheek swab is convenient as it is pain free and can be returned by post to the testing laboratory.

    Once you've followed the instructions included in your kit, you can send your sample back to our lab using the reply-paid envelope included in your kit. Our lab will run your sample once it arrives back at our lab.

  • How long does it take to get my results?


    Once our lab receives your sample (and your partner's sample if you've bought a couples' test), it can take up to 4 weeks (Standard Carrier Screening) or 6–8 weeks (Extended, Comprehensive Carrier Screening) for your results to be ready from when our lab receives your sample(s).

    The exact time to get your results can vary depending on how long it takes for your kit to arrive via post or for your sample to be returned to our lab.

  • What is the advantage of couples' testing?


    When planning a pregnancy, taking a carrier screening test as a couple provides you with more clinically relevant information than a single's test alone, making your results simpler and easier to understand. It is often also more cost-effective than taking multiple individual tests.

    We are focused on providing reports that are the most clinically relevant to the reproductive couple being screened. Our couple-based reporting best supports healthcare providers in their patient management and reduces the need to explain non-relevant genetic information.

    Over 80% of individuals are healthy carriers of at least one of the conditions in our extended and comprehensive tests. We do not report individual carrier status where it is not relevant to the health context of the couple being screened.

  • Are my results and data private and confidential?


    Your privacy is very important to us – we believe your genetic data belongs to you. All your screening results are private and confidential – only you will have access. All your personal information is stored on highly secure, encrypted servers.

    In case new evidence becomes available or re-testing is required, your sample is securely stored in our vault after analysis. However, after testing is completed, you can request to have your sample securely disposed of by our lab staff.

    We never share your information with third parties without your consent. For more information, check out our Privacy Policy.

  • Does genetic testing affect my insurance?


    Genetic test results do not need to be disclosed in relation to health insurance. However, life insurance requires an assessment of individual risk and results may need to be disclosed. There is currently a moratorium (a freeze) in place (until 30th June 2024) that limits the use of genetic test results for new life insurance policies worth up to $500,000.

    Above $500,000 – the insurance company can ask for genetic test results but can only use them if relevant to the cover you’re applying for.

  • Do I need a doctor's referral?


    No. You can organise testing directly through Lumi at any time without prior referral from a doctor or GP.

    After ordering, you will be able to discuss any questions you have with one of Lumi's qualified practitioners. You will also have the opportunity to speak with a genetic counsellor about your results before your report is released.

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Wherever you are on your family planning journey, make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision for you, your partner, and your future family.

  • Bulk billed testing available to Australian residents with a valid Medicare card. Eligibility will be determined by Lumi. Medicare will cover the cost of testing once per lifetime for eligible customers. If a patient is not eligible for Medicare coverage, an upfront cost will be required to perform testing.
  • 1 RANZCOG. Genetic Carrier Screening (C-Obs 63). 2019. [https://ranzcog.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Genetic-carrier-screeningC-Obs-63New-March-2019_1.pdf]