Helping families to

MAKE INFORMED CHOICES

when it comes to genetic testing

A Pink Hope program

Program Update

The Pink Hope Genetic Testing Grant Program has been expanded to include local (Australian) genetic testing laboratories. There are limited grants available until the current funding is exhausted. Grants will be allocated as they are received.

To apply for a grant for local testing please complete the Genetic Testing Grant Application Form and include with your application:

  • that you wish to undertake local genetic testing
  • a copy of your genetic testing invoice showing that it has been paid in full
  • your bank account details including, bank, account name, bsb and account number as your grant will be deposited into your bank account

Please scan and email your application and above information and documents to info@pinkhope.org.au.

The grant remains at $200 (Australian dollars) and will be reimbursed to you upon proof of your purchase of local genetic testing.

The Genetic Testing Grant Program will finish awarding grants on 31st August 2017. Please note grants may be taken up after this time.

About the Program

Pink Hope's Genetic Testing Grant Program will enable women who are at increased risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer and where cost is prohibitive to self fund a timely and affordable genetic test. Our program will cover 50% of the genetic test cost offered by Color Genomics reducing the test to $200AUD thanks to our partnership with Barbells for Boobs.

Pink Hope’s Genetic Testing Grant Program will be available to Australians from November 30th 2016. A patient can apply for the grant alongside their healthcare professional. Those awarded grants will be able to purchase the test online with a unique discount code.

Who we are trying to help

The Pink Hope Genetic Testing Grant is intended to help those who are at moderate to high risk of breast and ovarian cancer, where cost is prohibitive, who have just missed out on accessing free genetic testing through the public system.

Pink Hope understands in some states there is a lengthy wait to see a Genetic Counsellor and would encourage people to consider those private clinics who bulk billed tele-health consultations. If a patient then choses to self fund genetic testing they could consider applying for the Pink Hope Genetic Testing Grant.

Considering genetic testing?

To make an informed decision when it comes to genetic testing it is recommended that the individual speak with a Genetic Counsellor. Your GP can refer you to see a Genetic Counsellor in the public or private clinics.

Grant Partner

Barbells for Boobs is a proud partner of this grant program.

Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to ensuring everyone regardless of age, gender, income and insurance status has access to early detection services. They provide nationwide assistance to anyone with a breast concern and work with other organisations and facilities to fund early detection services. For more information see www.barbellsforboobs.org.

The test is a 30 panel test and includes testing for the following gene mutations:

ATM, BARD1, BRCA1, BRCA2, BRIP1, CDH1, CHEK2, EPCAM, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, NBN, PALB2, PMS2, PTEN, RAD51C, RAD51D, STK11, TP53.

This is a test comprehensive for breast and ovarian cancer risk.

Download a more informed look here

Our genetic testing partner

Know your risk

In assessing your risk of breast and ovarian cancer you should be equipped with information to discuss your risk with your healthcare professional. Pink Hope has two tools to help you learn more about your risk and to determine if a referral to a Genetic Counsellor is appropriate.

  • This tool enables women to assess their risk of breast and ovarian cancer based on their family health history. The assessments produced by the tool provide suggested next steps.
  • Grant Eligibility

    The grant is aimed at women who are at moderate to high risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer.

    AND

    Hold a Health Care Card or can demonstrate financial strain (inability to afford current private testing prices). Note there will be an opportunity for people to submit their individual hardship circumstances and full grants will be given on a case-by-case basis.

  • This program enables women to submit questions relating to their family history, genetics or genetic counselling to a qualified Genetic Counsellor

Program Overview

  1. Patient seen by Genetic Counsellor (GC)/Healthcare Professional (HCP) who provides genetic counselling to patient, patient elects to self funding testing. GC/HCP arranges consent. GC/HCP completes Pink Hope Genetic Testing Grant application form with patient.
  2. Pink Hope assesses eligibility for Pink Hope Genetic Testing Grant.
  3. GC/HCP advised of grant outcome. If successful the patient is given a code to purchase the genetic test through Color Genomics.
  4. Patient purchases test and provides saliva sample to Color Genomics.
  5. Color Genomics receives saliva sample. Conducts test and issues report to requesting GC/HCP within four to five weeks.
  6. GC/HCP arranges disclosure and genetic counselling of patient.

Please note grant applications will be assessed and allocated as they are received and that this is a pilot program.

People are encouraged to apply as soon as they can.

For grant eligibility and to download the application grant application form click here.

About Pink Hope

Pink Hope is a preventative health organisation working to ensure every individual can assess, manage and reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, while providing personalised support for at risk women.