Aust women seek Down’s test abroad

The test, available in the US and China, is 98% accurate and in most cases does away with the need for amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.

About one in 10 women are opting for the test at present, said Associate Professor Howard Slater, who spoke at a Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia conference in Melbourne last week.

The cost was $1334 when it became available but has fallen to about $700. It is likely to become cheaper when Australian laboratories start doing the test