Overview

percept™ is Australia's most advanced non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT). percept™ is a prenatal screening test used for identifying pregnancies with an increased chance of having a chromosome condition such as Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, Patau syndrome and other rare trisomies.

percept™ includes an assessment of all 24 chromosomes (1-22 +X and Y) and is the most comprehensive NIPT service currently available within Australia and New Zealand.

Screening can be performed any time from 10 weeks of pregnancy. All testing is undertaken in our fully accredited genetic laboratories and results are available in 3-5 business days from sample receipt. Your test results are analysed by accredited medical scientists who are trained as specialists in prenatal screening and diagnosis.

percept™: simple, fast, reliable.

VCGS offers a complete service with percept™ including pre- and post test genetic counselling, clinical interpretation and ongoing follow-up.

percept™ Australian non invasive prenatal test NIPT

What is this test?

NIPT is an advanced screening test that uses cell-free fetal DNA (cfDNA) found in the maternal blood to identify chromosome conditions found during pregnancy. cfDNA is released from the placenta into the maternal blood stream as part of the growth and development the baby.

Screening is safe and poses no threat to the pregnancy because it uses a simple blood sample collected from the mother. NIPT is the most accurate prenatal screening test for Down syndrome.

When can I have percept™?
percept™ is available from 10 weeks of pregnancy (as confirmed by a previous dating scan). There is no upper gestation limit for testing, but the ideal time is between 11-16 weeks. This ensures there is enough time for any follow-up testing that may be required. Discuss with your doctor or genetic counsellor before opting for NIPT later in pregnancy.

percept™ can be performed in 2 ways.
Option 1: percept™ can be performed as a first line prenatal screening test from 10 weeks. VCGS recommends that patients also consider having the 12-week nuchal translucency ultrasound to check the structural development of the baby.

Option 2: percept™ can be performed as a second screening test, after having combined first trimester screening (cFTS). If you received a ‘screen positive’ result from cFTS or would like further reassurance, additional screening with percept™ may help in decision making.

What conditions does this test look for?

percept™ is a highly accurate screening test used to identify pregnancies at increased chance of Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18), Patau syndrome (trisomy 13) or sex chromosome conditions such as Turner syndrome (monosomy X) and Klinefelter syndrome (XXY). The chance of having a child with a chromosome condition increases with maternal age.

Down syndrome: is the most common chromosomal condition seen in children and adults. It is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have some degree of intellectual disability and may have other health and developmental concerns.

Edwards syndrome: is less common than Down syndrome and is caused by an extra chromosome 18. Pregnancies with trisomy 18 usually miscarry and babies that are live born rarely survive beyond a few weeks of life. All babies with Edwards syndrome have significant physical and intellectual problems.

Patau syndrome: is even less common than Down syndrome and Edwards syndrome. It is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 13. Pregnancies with trisomy 13 usually miscarry and babies that are liveborn rarely survive beyond the first few weeks of life. All babies with Patau syndrome have serious health problems.

Sex chromosome conditions: are caused by changes in the number of the X and Y chromosomes present. The X and Y chromosomes determine if a baby will be male or female. Babies with Turner syndrome (monosomy X) are females who have only one X chromosome (X instead of XX). Klinefelter syndrome is not typically associated with miscarriage but can cause some developmental problems and infertility.

Rare autosomal trisomies: are caused by extra copies of chromosomes other than 13, 18 and 21. Whilst rarer than Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome, they can be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications. Identifying a rare trisomy can help with monitoring the health of the pregnancy.

Please see fact sheets below for more information on these conditions.

How do I arrange a test?

Patients require a specific percept™ request form signed by their doctor or genetic counsellor.

The blood sample for percept™ can be collected anytime after 10 weeks gestation (as confirmed by a previous dating scan).

A specific blood tube is required for percept™ therefore, collection of your sample must be performed at one of our affiliated collection sites (see below).

No special preparation is required before this test and you do not need to book.

No collection centre near you (Australia or New Zealand)? Then contact us on 1300 11 8247 or email [email protected] and we can organise collection for you.

Collection sites

Victoria

Airport West

St Vincent's Pathology
Westfield Shopping Town
Shop 40, 29-35 Louis Street
Airport West VIC 3042
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8336 1327

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 2.30pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat (8.00am – 1:00pm)
Sun (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Albury

Albury Wodonga Midwifery Services
208 Beechworth Road
Wodonga VIC 3690
Australia
Phone: 
0418 184 285

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Balaclava

4Cyte Pathology
161-163 Carlisle Street
Balaclava VIC 3183
Australia
Phone: 
0466 014 255

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 12.30pm)
Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Ballarat

Siles Health
1024 Howitt Street
Wendouree VIC 3355
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5339 5774

Tues & Thurs (9.30am - 5.00 pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Balwyn

St Vincent's Pathology
364 Belmore Road
Balwyn VIC 3103
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9857 3062

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)
Lunch - (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Sat Closed

Berwick

Monash Health
Casey Hospital
62-70 Kangan Drive
Berwick VIC 3806
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8768 1442 (ext 81442)

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Berwick

Monash Health
Berwick Healthcare
76 Clyde Road
Berwick VIC 3806
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9792 8021

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Boronia

St Vincent's Pathology
41-43 Boronia Road
Boronia VIC 3155
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9761 0844

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Box Hill

St Vincent's Pathology
8 Market Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9897 3069

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Box Hill

St Vincent's Pathology
Suite 1A
28-32 Arnold Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9899 5935

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Braybrook

4Cyte Pathology
67 Ashley Street
Braybrook VIC 3019
Australia
Phone: 
0481 919 293

Mon/Wed/Fri - (8.30am – 11.30am)

Briar Hill

St Vincent's Pathology
Briar Hill Family Medical Centre
2/18 Sherbourne Road
Briar Hill VIC 3088
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9432 1494

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Brighton

Cabrini Health
Cabrini Hospital Brighton
243 New Street
Brighton VIC 3186
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9508 5750

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Saturday (closed)

Brunswick East

St Vincent's Pathology
East Brunswick Medical Centre
212-214 Blyth Street
Brunswick East VIC 3057
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9380 8122

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 11.30am)

Bulleen

St Vincent's Pathology
Bulleen Plaza Medical Centre
103 Manningham Road
Bulleen VIC 3105
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9850 1229

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.30pm)

Bulleen

St Vincent's Pathology
The Surgery Bulleen
19-21 Manningham Road
Bulleen VIC 3105
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9850 1864

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 2.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Bundoora

4Cyte Pathology
Level 1, 39 Plenty Road
Bundoora VIC 3083
Australia
Phone: 
0466 746 615

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 3.00pm)
Lunch (12.00pm - 12.30pm)
Sat (8.00am - 11.00am)

Bundoora

Austin Pathology
KIDSPATH Collection Centre
478 Grimshaw Street
Bundoora VIC 3083
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9467 9395

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.30pm)

Carlton

St Vincent's Pathology
The Melbourne Uni Health Service
138-146 Cardigan Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9347 6735

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Carlton North

St Vincent's Pathology
699 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC 3054
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9347 2211

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Carlton North

St Vincent's Pathology
Carlton Medical Centre
490 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC 3054
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9381 0660

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Carnegie

St Vincent's Pathology
Koornang Road Medical Centre
85 Koornang Road
Carnegie VIC 3163
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9571 3385

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Clayton

Monash Health
Jessie McPherson Consulting Suites, Suite G,
Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road
Clayton VIC 3168
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9594 2469

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 6.00pm)

Sat (8.00am - 2.00pm)

Cobram

Goulburn Valley Health Pathology
Cobram Medical Clinic
Charles Street
Cobram VIC 3644
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5871 2084

Monday to Friday (8:00am – 5:00pm)

Coburg

St Vincent's Pathology
15 Munro Street
Coburg VIC 3058
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9383 6235

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Coburg North

4Cyte Pathology
Level 1, 11-17 Orvieto Street
North Coburg VIC 3058
Australia
Phone: 
0403 928 935

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)
Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Collingwood

St Vincent's Pathology
365 Hoddle Street (Melway 44 D4)
Collingwood VIC 3066
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9416 4592

Mon – Fri (8.30am – 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Craigieburn

St Vincent's Pathology
17 Craigieburn Road West
Craigieburn VIC 3064
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9305 7643

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Cranbourne

Monash Health
Monash Health Cranbourne Centre
145-152 Sladen Street
Cranbourne VIC 3977
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5990 6176 (ext 66176)

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Cranbourne

4Cyte Pathology
1 Ferndown Drive
Cranbourne VIC 3977
Australia
Phone: 
0466 868 365

Mon - Fri (8.00am – 1.00pm)

Cranbourne

4Cyte Pathology
Suite 3, 1st Floor, 14 Stawell Street
Cranbourne VIC 3977
Australia
Phone: 
0466 865 045

Mon - Fri (8.30am – 3.00pm)
Lunch (12.00pm - 12.30pm)
Sat (8.30am - 11.30am)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Monash Health Community Pathology Collection Rooms 
122 Thomas Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9792 7854

Mon - Fri (8:30am - 6:00pm)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Dandenong Hospital, Pathology Collection Rooms
135 David Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9554 8160

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 6.00pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Monash Women’s Clinic
135 David Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9792 8003

Mon to Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Doncaster

St Vincent's Pathology
114 Williamsons Road
Doncaster VIC 3018
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9840 1202

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.30pm)

Doncaster East

St Vincent's Pathology
1/857 Doncaster Road
Doncaster East VIC 3109
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9840 1408

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)
Saturday Closed

East Melbourne

St Vincent's Pathology
Level 2, 166 Gipps Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9928 6034

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

East Melbourne

St Vincent's Pathology
Grey Street Consulting Suites
Ground Floor, 141 Grey Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9415 9084

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)

Echuca

Goulburn Valley Health
Echuca Regional Health
Leichardt Street
Echuca VIC 3564
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5485 5167

Mon - Fri (8.00am – 4.45pm)

Saturday (9.00am - 11.00pm)

Elsternwick

4Cyte Pathology
384 Glen Huntly Road
Elsternwick VIC 3185
Australia
Phone: 
0435 965 821

Mon - Fri (9.00am – 12.30pm)

Endeavour Hills

4Cyte Pathology
Shop 66, 92 Matthew Flinders Avenue
Endeavour Hills VIC 3802
Australia
Phone: 
0466 746 608

Mon - Fri (7.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.30pm)
Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Epping

St Vincent's Pathology
Epping Healthcare
Shop 49, Epping Plaza, High Street
Epping VIC 3076
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8405 3439

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.00am - 1.00pm)

Epping

4Cyte Pathology
52 Childs Rd
Epping VIC 3076
Australia
Phone: 
0466 517 445

Mon - Fri (7.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.30pm)
Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Epping

Austin Pathology
130 Cooper Street
Epping VIC 3076
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9408 9486

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Fawkner

St Vincent's Pathology
North Fawkner Family Clinic
88 Anderson Street
Fawkner VIC 3060
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9359 2675

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Fitzroy

St Vincent's Pathology
St Vincent’s Private Hospital
Ground Floor, 59 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9416 1278

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Saturday (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Fitzroy

St Vincent's Pathology
75 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9417 2625

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Fitzroy

St Vincent's Pathology
Suite 8, 1st Floor
55 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9231 3974

Mon – Fri (7.30am - 5.30pm)

Sat Closed

Fitzroy North

St Vincent's Pathology
460 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9481 8671

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Footscray

St Vincent's Pathology
35 Summerhill Road
Footscray VIC 3011
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9317 9486

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Frankston

Monash Health
1A Vera Street
Rooms closest to Moorooduc Hwy
Frankston VIC 3199
Australia
Phone: 
0436 689 745

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Fax (03) 9781 3399

Geelong

Siles Health
8 Myers Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5229 1953

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Geelong

Ultrasound Centre for Women
Suite 1, Level 3,
73 Little Ryrie Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5229 3383

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Glen Iris

St Vincent's Pathology
Tooronga Family Medical
G1/774 Toorak Road
Glen Iris VIC 3146
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9824 5296

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Sat (closed)

Glenroy

4Cyte Pathology
1-3 Post Office Place
Glenroy VIC 3046
Australia
Phone: 
0466 818 481

Mon - Fri (7.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.30pm)
Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Greensborough

Austin Pathology
13 Eldale Avenue
Greensborough VIC 3088
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8468 1616

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Hawthorn

4Cyte Pathology
Level 4, George Swinburne Building
34 Wakefield St
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Australia
Phone: 
0435 962 739

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Healesville

Yarra Valley Midwives
254a Maroondah Highway
Healesville VIC 3777
Australia
Phone: 
0410 692 929

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Heidelberg

St Vincent's Pathology
Austin Private Consulting Suites
226 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9455 3538

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.15pm - 12.45pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
11 Martin Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9496 6759

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
Repatriation Hospital, Ground Floor Tobruk Building
Edwin Street
Heidelberg VIC 3081
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9496 2818

Mon - Fri (7.45am - 4.45 pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
Mercy Hospital for Women, Outpatient Department, Level 3
Studley Road
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8458 4276

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 6.00pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
Level 3, Harold Stokes Building, Austin Hospital
Burgundy Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9496 5472

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 5.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Ivanhoe

St Vincent's Pathology
Shop 8
147-149 Upper Heidelberg Road
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9497 5921

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.30pm - 2.00pm)

Saturday (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Ivanhoe

St Vincent's Pathology
Livingstone Street Medical Centre
9 Livingstone Street
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9497 1188

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Sat Closed

Kew

St Vincent's Pathology
7 Studley Avenue
Kew VIC 3101
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9851 8562

Mon-Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Sat Closed

Kew

St Vincent's Pathology
St Georges’ Hospital
283 Cotham Road
Kew VIC 3101
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9231 8580

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 5.30pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.30pm)

Kilsyth

St Vincent's Pathology
Kilsyth Medical Group
471 Mt Dandenong Road
Kilsyth VIC 3137
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9722 9989

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Kyneton

Austin Pathology
Kyneton District Hospital
7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive
Kyneton VIC 3444
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5421 2894

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Lalor

St Vincent's Pathology
Doctors of Lalor Plus
1 May Road
Lalor VIC 3075
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9465 0981

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat Closed

Langwarrin

Monash Health
Shop 18,
385 Cranbourne Frankston Road
Langwarrin VIC 3910
Australia

Mon - Fri (8.30am-12.30pm)

Lower Plenty

Austin Pathology
17 Main Road
Lower Plenty VIC 3093
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9432 9852

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Malvern

Cabrini Health
Cabrini Hospital, Ground Floor, Area F
183 Wattletree Road
Malvern VIC 3144
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9508 1434

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 7.30pm)

Saturday (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Maribyrnong

Western Imaging for women
316/1 Thomas Holmes Street
Maribyrnong VIC 3032
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9111 0055

Please contact for collection details

Melbourne Central

St Vincent's Pathology
Melbourne Central Medical Centre
Ground Floor, Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9650 5657

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)

Sat Closed

Mentone

4Cyte Pathology
66 Balcombe Rd
Mentone VIC 3194
Australia
Phone: 
0434 603 607

Mon - Fri (7.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.30pm)
Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Mentone

4Cyte Pathology
23 Como Parade West
Mentone VIC 3194
Australia
Phone: 
0466 388 694

Wed (8.00am - 11.00am)

Monbulk

St Vincent's Pathology
1 Mt Pleasant Road
Monbulk VIC 3793
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9752 1580

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.30pm - 2.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Montmorency

4Cyte Pathology
29 Rattray Road
Montmorency VIC 3094
Australia
Phone: 
0434 603 538

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 11.30am)

Moonee Ponds

St Vincent's Pathology
Moonee Ponds Medical Clinic
192 Pascoe Vale Road
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9372 8381

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Sat closed

Moorabbin

Monash Health
Moorabbin Hospital, Pathology Collection Rooms
823 - 865 Centre Road
East Bentleigh VIC 3189
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9928 8178

Mon to Fri (8:00am - 4:30pm)

Niddrie

St Vincent's Pathology
Suite 6, Level 1
326 Keilor Road
Niddrie VIC 3042
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9379 0268

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat closed

North Melbourne

St Vincent's Pathology
Errol Street Medical Centre
Level 1, 65-67 Errol Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9329 8724

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

North Melbourne

Siles Health
Level 2, Suite 218
55 Flemington Road
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9328 4403

Mon, Tues (9.30am - 5.00pm)

Wed, Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Thur (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Nunawading

St Vincent's Pathology
Mitcham Road Consulting Suites
188 Mitcham Road
Nunawading VIC 3131
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9874 0275

Mon & Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Tues - Thurs (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat closed

Pakenham

Monash Health
68 Henty Way
Pakenham VIC 3810
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5941 0555

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Parkville

Royal Women's Hospital
Private Consulting Suites, 2nd Floor, Suite 6,
20 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8345 2206

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)

Parkville

Victorian Clinical Genetics Services
Private Consulting Suites, Level 3, Suite 3.6
48 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9345 6623

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)

Pascoe Vale

St Vincent's Pathology
94 Kent Road
Pascoe Vale VIC 3044
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9350 7309

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Sat (8.00am – 11.00am)

Preston West

St Vincent's Pathology
281 Gilbert Road
Preston West VIC 3072
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9471 1681

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 2.30pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Reservoir

Austin Pathology
745 Gilbert Road
Reservoir VIC 3073
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9470 2697

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Ringwood

Siles Health
12 Davey Drive
East Ringwood VIC 3135
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9879 3198

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Roxburgh Park

St Vincent's Pathology
Roxburgh Park Specialist Centre
1 Manley Avenue
Roxburgh Park VIC 3064
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9308 9722

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Roxburgh Park

St Vincent's Pathology
Somerton Road Medical Centre
Shop 1, 250 Somerton Rd
Roxburgh Park VIC 3064
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8339 2510

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat Closed

Selby

St Vincent's Pathology
Selby Family Medical Centre
113 Belgrave-Gembrook Road
Selby VIC 3159
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9752 6615

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 1.30pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Seville

St Vincent's Pathology
Seville Medical Centre
547 Warburton Hwy
Seville VIC 3139
Australia
Phone: 
TBA

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)
Sat Closed

Shepparton

Goulburn Valley Health Pathology
Community Health @ GV Health
121-135 Corio Street
Shepparton VIC 3632
Australia
Phone: 
1800 222 582 (Option 3)

Monday to Friday (7:30am – 4:45pm)

Saturday (9:00am – 11:30am)

Shepparton

Goulburn Valley Health Pathology
GV Health Medical Centre
Graham Street
Shepparton VIC 3632
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5832 2344

Monday to Friday (8.45am - 4.30pm)

Southbank

Southbank Family Medical Centre
216 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9686 2222

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 2.00pm)

Sunbury

St Vincent's Pathology
Specialist Suites
51 Ligar Street
Sunbury VIC 3429
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9740 2266

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 3.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Sunshine

4Cyte Pathology
421 Ballarat Road
Sunshine VIC 3020
Australia
Phone: 
0466 025 769

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 2.00pm)
Sat (8.00am - 12.30pm)

Surrey Hills

St Vincent's Pathology
Surrey Hills Medical Centre
174 Union Road
Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9836 1485

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.30pm)

Sydenham

St Vincent's Pathology
574 Melton Highway
Sydenham VIC 3037
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8390 8901

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Tarneit

4Cyte Pathology
412 Derrimut Rd
Tarneit VIC 3029
Australia
Phone: 
0403 928 369

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 2.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Tarneit West

4Cyte Pathology
Shop 9 & 10 Tarneit West Village Shopping Centre,
540 Tarneit Rd
Tarneit West VIC 3029
Australia
Phone: 
0466 746 593

Tue/Thu (9.00am - 12.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Wallan

Austin Pathology
Nexus Super Clinic
7-11 High Street
Wallan VIC 3756
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5783 0078

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Werribee

4Cyte Pathology
Shop 10, 167 – 179 Shaws Road
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
0466 517 415

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 2.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Werribee

St Vincent's Pathology
289 Princess Highway
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8742 3801

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Werribee

St Vincent's Pathology
9 Princes Highway
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9741 4932

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (1.30pm - 2.00pm)

Sat closed

Wodonga

Albury Wodonga Midwifery Services
208 Beechworth Road
Wodonga VIC 3690
Australia
Phone: 
0418 184 285

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Tasmania

Glenorchy

Pathology South
Glenorchy Care Centre
404-408 Main Road (Corner of Barry Street)
Glenorchy TAS 7010
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 6166 0150

Mon – Thurs (8.00am - 4.00pm)

Hobart

Pathology South
Wellington Clinics
Level 2, 42 Argyle Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 6166 0150

Mon - Wed (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Launceston

Launceston General Hospital
Level 2, Franklin Street
Launceston TAS 7250
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 6348 7690

Mon - Wed (8.00am - 5.30pm)

Rosny

Pathology South
Clarence Integrated Care Centre
16 Bayfield Street
Rosny TAS 7018
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 6166 0150

Mon – Thurs (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Queensland

Alexandra Hills 

Mater Pathology
71 Cambridge Drive
Alexandra Hills  QLD 4161
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3820 2618

Mon – Fri (7.00pm – 5.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Sat (7.30am – 11.30am)

Beenleigh

Mater Pathology
4/54 George Street
Beenleigh QLD 4207
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3807 8827

Mon – Fri (7.30am – 5.30pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Sat (7.30am – 11.30am)

Brookwater

Mater Pathology
Brookwater Village Shopping Centre, Level 1, Mater Health Centre Brookwater
2 Tournament Drive
Brookwater QLD 4300
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3199 3250

Mon – Fri (7.00am–3.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Bulimba 

Mater Pathology
Oxford St Medical Centre
Suite 1A, 1st Floor 200 Oxford Street
Bulimba  QLD 4171
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3902 0695

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Closed (12:20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat Closed

Chermside

Mater Pathology
Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, Ground floor (near the Deck Café)
627 Rode Road
Chermside QLD 4032
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3326 3400

7 days (7.00am - 8.30pm)

Cleveland

Mater Pathology
Mater Health Centre Redlands
16 Weippin Street
Cleveland QLD 4163
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3163 7350

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat (7.30am – 11.30am)

Coorparoo 

Mater Pathology
Corner Old Cleveland Road and French Street
Coorparoo  QLD 4151
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3397 5494

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Saturday (7.30am – 11.30am)

Hope Island

Mater Pathology
Mater Heath Centre Hope Island
8 Halcyon Way (Off Broadwater Avenue)
Hope Island  QLD 4212
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 5635 4050

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat (9.00am – 4.00pm)
Closed (1.00pm - 1.40pm)
Sun (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Inala

Mater Pathology
119 Biota Street
Inala  QLD 4077
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3372 5770

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 3.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Sat (7.30am – 11.30am)

Karana Downs

Mater Pathology
Colleges Crossing Family Practice
1 Langi Court
Karana Downs  QLD 4306
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3201 2549

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 3.00pm)
Closed (11.20pm - 12 noon)
Sat (7.30am - 11.30am)

Kedron

Mater Pathology
Kedron Wavell Medical Centre
232 Gympie Road
Kedron QLD 4031
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3357 6517

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Closed (1.00pm - 1.40pm)
Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Kenmore

Mater Pathology
The Courtyard Family Medical Centre, Shop 7, The Courtyard
2060 Moggill Road
Kenmore  QLD 4069
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3378 9784

Mon - Fri (7.30am - 5.30pm)
Closed (12.20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Keperra 

Mater Pathology
Great Western Super Centre
Corner of Samford and Settlement Roads
Keperra QLD 4054
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3351 8563

Mon - Fri (7.30am - 5.30pm)
Closed (12.50pm - 1.30pm)
Sat (7.30am - 12.00pm)

Logan Central

Mater Pathology
Shop 42, Logan Central Plaza
38-74 Wembley Road
Logan Central QLD 4114
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3299 4343

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat (7.30am – 11.30am)

Macleay Island

Mater Pathology
16 Brighton Road
Macleay Island QLD 4184
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3409 4318

Mon – Fri (7.30am – 2.00pm)
Closed (11.20am - 12.00pm)
Sat Closed

Oxley

Mater Pathology
Bywater Medical Centre
169 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road
Oxley QLD 4075
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3375 4806

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 3.00pm)
Sat (8.00am – 11.00am)

Russell Island

Mater Pathology
5 Alison Crescent
Russell Island QLD 4184
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3409 2946

Mon, Wed and Fri (7.30am – 2.00pm)
Closed (11.20am – 12.00pm)
Tues, Thur (7.30am - 11.30am)
Saturday Closed

Sherwood

Mater Pathology
9/600 Sherwood Road
Sherwood QLD 4075
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3278 1408

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 3.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat Closed

South Brisbane

Mater Pathology
Mater Hospital Brisbane
Level 4, Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3163 8732

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Sat Closed

South Brisbane

Mater Pathology
Mater Private Hospital Brisbane
Level 6, 301 Vulture Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3163 7625

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Sat Closed

South Brisbane

Mater Pathology
Level 2, Salmon Building
Stanley Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3163 2708

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat Closed

South Brisbane

Mater Pathology
Mater Private Emergency Care Centre
Mater Private Hospital, 301 Vulture Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Australia

24-hour on-site collection service
All referrals accepted

Home Visit Service -
Bookings Phone: 07 3163 8500
Monday – Friday

Blood collection for percept NIPT is available at all Mater Pathology collection centres.

South Brisbane

Mater Pathology
Mater Emergency, Mater Hospital Brisbane
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane QLD 4101
Australia

24-hour on-site collection service
All referrals accepted

Home Visit Service -
Bookings Phone: 07 3163 8500
Monday – Friday

Blood collection for percept NIPT is available at all Mater Pathology collection centres.

Springfield

Mater Pathology
Level 2, Mater Private Hospital Springfield
30 Health Care Drive
Springfield QLD 4300
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3098 3975

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm - 1.00pm)
Sat Closed

Springfield

Mater Pathology
Level 1, Orion Shopping Centre
Corner Centenary Highway and Springfield Greenbank Arterial Road
Springfield QLD 4300
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3470 1055

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Sat (7.00am – 11.00am)

Springwood

Mater Pathology
Shop 2/3 Murrajong Road
Springwood QLD 4127
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3299 2502

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 4.30pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Sat (8.00am – 12.00pm)

Sunnybank Hills

Mater Pathology
Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town
Shop 2D, Level 4, Corner Calam and Compton Roads
Sunnybank Hills  QLD 4109
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3272 8347

Mon – Fri (8.00am – 5.30pm)
Closed (1.20pm – 2.00pm)
Sat (8.00am – 12.00pm)

Yamanto

Mater Pathology
Yamanto Village Shopping Centre
Warwick Road
Yamanto QLD 4305
Australia
Phone: 
(07) 3294 1735

Mon – Fri (7.00am – 5.00pm)
Closed (12.20pm – 1.00pm)
Sat (7.30am – 11.30am)

New South Wales

Baulkham Hills

4Cyte Pathology
Century Circuit Medical Centre
10 Century Circuit
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
Australia
Phone: 
0434 728 987

Mon (9.00am to 5.00pm)
Tue/Wed/Thur/Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)
Friday (9.00am - 3.00pm)

Berala

4Cyte Pathology
Family Doctors Berala
27-29 Crawford Street
Berala NSW 2141
Australia
Phone: 
0466 926 273

Tue (8.00am - 12.00pm)
Thu (8.00am - 12.00pm)
Sat (8.30am – 12.00pm)

Bligh Park

4Cyte Pathology
16 Colonial Drive
Bligh Park NSW 2756
Australia
Phone: 
0466 465 258

Mon (9.00am - 12.00pm)
Wed (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Camden

4Cyte Pathology
Camden 1
26 Murray Street
Camden NSW 2570
Australia
Phone: 
0466 552 398

Mon - Sat (7.00am - 11.30am)

Camden

4Cyte Pathology
Camden 2
12 Broughton Street
Camden NSW 2570
Australia
Phone: 
0468 597 821

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)

Castle Hill

4Cyte Pathology
Crane Road Medical Practice
7 Crane Road
Castle Hill NSW 2154
Australia
Phone: 
0468 534 506

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)
Sun (8.30am-12.30pm)

Claremont Meadows

4Cyte Pathology
Claremont Meadows MC
182-184 Sunflower Drive
Claremont Meadows NSW 2747
Australia
Phone: 
0466 793 738

Mon (8.00am - 12.00pm)
Wed (8.00am - 12.00pm)
Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Croydon

4Cyte Pathology
Croydon Medical Practice
8-10 Paisley Road
Croydon NSW 2132
Australia
Phone: 
0466 683 521

Mon (9.00am - 12.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Granville

4Cyte Pathology
55 Cowper Street
Granville NSW 2142
Australia
Phone: 
0466 946 287

Mon (9.00am - 3.00pm)
Wed (9.00am - 3.00pm)
Thu (1.00pm - 5.00pm)

Lakemba

4Cyte Pathology
S&Y Houfani Family Practice
183 Haldon Street
Lakemba NSW 2195
Australia
Phone: 
0466 636 034

Wed (9.00am - 1.00pm)
Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Newcastle (Wallsend)

4Cyte Pathology
173 Nelson Street
Newcastle (Wallsend) NSW 2287
Australia
Phone: 
(02) 4950 2200

Mon - Fri (7.15am - 5.30pm)

Sat (7.15am - 11.30pm)

North Epping

4Cyte Pathology
North Epping Family Practice
276 Malton Road
North Epping NSW 2121
Australia
Phone: 
0434 652 719

Mon (9.00am - 12.00pm)
Thu (9.00am - 12.00pm)

North Strathfield

4Cyte Pathology
Station Family Practice
117-119 Queen Street
North Strathfield NSW 2137
Australia
Phone: 
0403 928 977

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 1.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Punchbowl

4Cyte Pathology
Punchbowl Medical Centre
287 The Boulevarde
Punchbowl NSW 2196
Australia
Phone: 
(02) 9759 5251 (Surgery)

Mon (8.00am - 11.30am)
Wed (8.00am - 11.30am)
Fri (8.00am - 11.30am)
Sat (8.00am - 11.30am)

Rouse Hill

4Ctye Pathology
Rouse Hill Health Care Centre
1-3 Aldephi Street
Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Australia
Phone: 
0466 023 399

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 3.00pm)
Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Sydney

4Cyte Pathology
Sydney Medical Specialists, Suite 101, Level 1,
135 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia
Phone: 
(02) 9099 9903 / 0466 746 567

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 3.30pm)

Sydney

4Cyte Pathology
Sydney 2
Level 2, 187 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia
Phone: 
0466 942 985

Mon - Fri (7.30am - 3.30pm)

Toongabbie

4Cyte Pathology
Toongabbie Specialist Suites
2 Claudia Road
Toongabbie NSW 2146
Australia
Phone: 
0435 697 787

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Wallsend

4Cyte Pathology
173 Nelson Street
Wallsend NSW 2287
Australia
Phone: 
(02) 4950 2200

Mon - Fri (7.15am - 5.30pm)
Sat (7.15am - 11.30am)

Westleigh

4Cyte Pathology
Westleigh Village MC
4 Eucalyptus Drive
Westleigh NSW 2120
Australia
Phone: 
0466 869 048

Mon (8.00am - 12.00pm)
Wed (8.00am - 12.00pm)
Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

New Zealand

Auckland

Insight + Ascot Radiology
Ascot Central, Level 1
7 Ellerslie Racecourse Drive
Remuera 1050
New Zealand
Phone: 
(09) 520 9550

Please contact for collection details.

Auckland

LabPlus
Auckland City Hospital
Level 6, Building 1
Auckland 0324
New Zealand

Mon – Wed (7.30am – 4.30pm)

Auckland

LabPlus
Greenlane Clinical Care
Ground Floor Building 4
Auckland 0624
New Zealand

Mon – Wed (7.30am – 5.00pm)

Christchurch

Christchurch Obstetrics and Gynaecology Associates
Hiatt Chambers, St George's Medical Centre
249 Papanui Road
Christchurch 8014
New Zealand
Phone: 
(03) 375 4060

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Wellington

Wellington Region Genetics Laboratory
Wellington Region Genetics Laboratory
Wellington Hospital
Wellington 6011
New Zealand
Phone: 
(04) 918 5352

Mon – Fri (Please contact for collection details)

Frequently asked questions

How does NIPT work?

As a baby grows, the placenta releases small fragments of DNA known as ‘cell-free fetal DNA’ (cfDNA) into the maternal bloodstream. Maternal cell-free DNA is also present in the bloodstream. An advanced technology called ‘massively parallel sequencing’ is able to read the genetic information from both the fetal and maternal DNA.

This genetic information can then be traced to the chromosome it came from. If the pregnancy is affected by a chromosome condition, there will be an increase or decrease in the number of DNA sequence reads for that particular chromosome. For example, if the baby has Down syndrome, (an extra copy of chromosome 21), there will be an increase in the number of sequence reads from chromosome 21.

How does percept™ differ from other NIPT services?

There are a number of NIPT tests available on the market. They differ in price, conditions that are tested for, pre- and post-test services and some technical aspects such as test failure rate.

VCGS is a specialist genetics service with over 30 years experience in prenatal genetics. We are experts in the genetics of pregnancy and our interpretation of the NIPT results is alongside other tests performed during pregnancy, like maternal serum screening and ultrasound. percept™ is also fully supported by a team of clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors and clinical scientists, who together provide the most comprehensive NIPT interpretation and follow up support service available.

percept™ generates more sequence reads to produce a result, which increases the accuracy of the test. This also means our test failure rate is significantly reduced (approximately 0.2% of samples) compared to some other providers (up to 5%).

What’s the difference between maternal serum screening and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)? Do I need both?

Having both maternal serum screening (combined first trimester screening) and percept™ provides the best assessment of the health of the pregnancy because each test provides slightly different information.

NIPT is an advanced screening test (more accurate), but it is also more expensive and is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Maternal serum screening is a very good screening test which is less expensive and partially covered by Medicare.

Both tests determine the chance that a baby has Down syndrome or Edwards syndrome. NIPT can also provide information about Patau syndrome and sex chromosome conditions. Maternal serum screening provides additional detail about the chance of pre-eclampsia (a serious condition during pregnancy) or the baby having a neural tube defect like spina bifida (second trimester screening only).

Some women choose to have maternal serum screening as their first test and then follow up with NIPT only if they receive a ‘screen positive’ result. Others choose to have both maternal serum screening and NIPT in combination or in some cases, they choose to only have NIPT. If NIPT has been used as the first test, we generally do not recommend having maternal serum screening as well. We also recommend all women have a 12 week ultrasound scan as this provides information about the structural development of the baby.

How accurate is percept™?

percept™ is an advanced screening test that is more accurate than maternal serum screening for Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome.

The detection rate (which describes how good the test is at identifying a particular condition) for Down syndrome using percept™ is >99%. This means that if the pregnancy is affected by Down syndrome, it will almost certainly be detected.

While percept™ is an accurate test, it is not diagnostic. Diagnostic testing is the only way to confirm if a condition is present or to reassure that a pregnancy is not affected.

Conditions screened Detection Rate
Down syndrome (trisomy 21) >99%
Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18) >98%
Patau syndrome (trisomy 13) >98%
Fetal sex Accuracy
Male XY, Female XX >99%

How much does percept™ cost?

percept™ costs $449 (for Australian patients). Currently, there is no Medicare rebate or private health coverage for any NIPT test.

For New Zealand patients, please contact us on +61 3 9936 6402.

How will I get my results?

percept™ results are available within 3-5 working days (from the time the sample is received in the laboratory). Results are reported to the referring doctor or genetic counsellor.

What do my results mean?

percept™ screening results are reported as:

Low risk
Most results will be low risk. This means it is very unlikely the pregnancy is affected by one of the specific conditions screened for. There is always the chance that the result is a ‘false negative’, but this is very rare (1 in 10,000 tests). Low risk does not mean ‘no risk’. Other conditions not identified by NIPT may be present.

High risk
A high risk result does not mean the pregnancy is definitely affected by a particular condition. It means there is an increased chance. There is always a possibility that the screening result was a ‘false positive’ so in order to confirm the result or to reassure the pregnancy is not affected, diagnostic testing will be offered.

No result
percept™ test failure rates are very low (<0.2%). If no result is given, the laboratory will request a repeat sample for testing at no additional charge to the patient.

What happens if I receive a high risk percept™ result?

Receiving a high risk result does not mean your pregnancy is definitely affected by a particular condition; it means there is an increased chance. In this case, a VCGS genetic counsellor will contact your referring doctor to discuss further testing options, such as diagnostic testing (using a CVS or amniocentesis).

Remember, screening tests do not provide a definitive (yes or no) answer. Diagnostic testing is the only way to confirm the presence of a condition or to reassure a pregnancy is not affected.

Can percept™ be used for twin/IVF/donor pregnancies?

Yes.

In the case of a twin pregnancy, percept™ can give information about the chance of Down syndrome, Edward syndrome and Patau syndrome. Information about sex chromosome conditions or the sex of the babies is not available for twin pregnancies.

VCGS is the only NIPT provider in Australia to offer screening in triplet pregnancies. Please contact VCGS if you are caring for a triplet pregnancy as some acceptance criteria must be met prior to blood draw.

I wish to speak to a scientist or counsellor about percept™.

If you have more questions about your screening options or are not sure whether percept™ is right for you, please contact one of our genetic counsellors: +61 3 9936 6402.

How do I pay?

Payment is made by providing credit card details at the time of completing the request slip. The fee is charged to the patient’s credit card prior to the result being released. If the test fails and the patient does not want to proceed with a repeat test, the full fee is reimbursed. If a repeat sample is taken, only the single test fee is charged.