Q. Why is the DNA test done in Australia?

New Zealand does not currently (at October 2018) have the community based facilities capable of testing DNA and providing reporting to the quality standard that myDNA provides.

Q. What do I do once I receive my test kit?

Once you receive your test kit, you will need to open your kit and follow the instructions inside. You will need to go to https://register.mydna.life and enter your numeric barcode and fill in your details.

Q. Why do I need to see a health professional to get my results for the myDNA medication tests?

DNA tests in New Zealand must be provided to a healthcare professional (NZ registered) and not direct to consumers to ensure that they are interpreted correctly. Further, it is important that your own doctor is aware of your results particularly if you are currently on medications which may be affected by the pharmacogenomic information. These should be discussed with a doctor.

Ventures as part of the Pinnacle Group is supporting the myDNA results through its network of over 400 GPs and will pass the results and provide support to your GP regardless of where you live in New Zealand.

Security and insurance

Q. How are my results stored?

Ventures and MyDNA treat your medications/PGX report as part of your health record. It will be stored with your health record supported by your GP and available to you your myDNA account. There is a range of New Zealand legislation that governs how your health record needs to be stored and who and how it can be accessed and all of this is taken into account.

myDNA uses the latest software and information technology systems to ensure that your data will never knowingly be released to a third party without your consent. You have access to your report in a private results area of www.mydna.life and can share this with future health professionals.

Q. Does taking a myDNA test affect my private health insurance?

Private health insurance premiums are not impacted by genetic test results in Australia1 and New Zealand at this time.

  1. [Source: NSW Centre for Genetic Education Fact Sheet 20].

Q. Is the test covered by government funding or private health insurance?

Currently, there is no government funding or private health insurance in New Zealand for the cost of this test