Cystic fibrosis carrier screening

94% of children born with CF were born into families with no known family history.

To have a child with cystic fibrosis (CF), both parents must be a carrier of the gene changes that cause CF. If both parents are carriers of the CF gene, then with each pregnancy there is a 25% risk of that child having CF. 

Being a CF carrier does not mean you have CF. Carriers usually display no symptoms of CF. 

CF carrier screening services are available in Australia to help you find out whether you or your partner carry the CF gene change. 

To find out more about CF carrier screening:

Could you be a carrier?

An estimated 1 in 25 Australians carry the gene changes that can cause CF. Most whom are unaware. 

Making the decision to know your CF carrier status is a choice only you can make. CF carrier screening can be accessed to help inform you of all of your reproductive options. 

The earlier you make a decision about knowing your CF carrier status the more options you will have. Discuss your CF carrier screening options with your GP, Obstetrician or a genetic counsellor.


What is CF and CF carrier screening?

"Cystic fibrosis or CF is the most common life-threatening genetic disorder affecting young Australians today," explains Dr Sean Fabri. Learn more about CF and CF carrier screening as he talks about the science, its implications and the options available for people to find out if they are carriers of CF gene change.

Frequently asked questions

CFCC supports individuals having an opportunity to make informed life and reproductive choices as a result of CF carrier screening: Read CFCC's position statement on CF carrier screening

Resources and Factsheets

Cystic Fibrosis Community Care has developed the Information Resource Kit to provide the Victorian community and health professionals with access to reliable information. The development of this Kit was informed by consultation with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service, and the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital.

Knowing Your Options Carrier Screening FAQs
Discussions with Adults Discussions with Children
Carrier Screening Contacts