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You are unique
Your DNA is the instruction manual for every cell in your body. It influences how you look and how your body behaves.
The myDNA test finds the genes that determine how your body processes certain medications.
The results can reveal the right medication and the right dose for you.
This allows you and your healthcare professional to tailor the best treatment for you.
The myDNA test can help your healthcare professional choose the best medication and dose based on your unique DNA. This may help in:
- Better treatment outcomes
- Fewer harmful side-effects
- Less trial and error in drug selection
- Reduced spend on medications
How it works
The test is quick and painless.
A DNA sample is collected using a cheek swab and sent to a laboratory for analysis by an expert team of doctors, pharmacists and scientists.
Our report provides you with a comprehensive genetic profile that explains how your body responds to specific medications.
The test covers certain medications in the following classes:
- Pain medications
- Reflux or stomach medications
- Blood thinners
See the full myDNA substrate (drugs) list here.
The testing process
Visit a participating pharmacy or your nominated doctor to collect and send your sample.
The lab analyses your DNA and the myDNA clinical team interprets your results.
Visit your nominated doctor or pharmacist for consultation to receive your myDNA test results.
Get online access to your report and ongoing personalised information based on your DNA.
The myDNA test can be ordered by your doctor or at a myDNA accredited pharmacy.
myDNA testing is now available at participating Chemmart and Quality Pharmacies. It includes a personal consultation with an accredited pharmacist to discuss your results. To find the nearest pharmacy offering the myDNA test enter your postcode.
Unable to find a local pharmacy?
Buy the myDNA test kit online. If you experience any issues, feel free to email us at email@example.com or call 1300 436 373.
of people who take a myDNA test have a finding that could affect current or future medications
This means a finding that is predictive of significantly altered drug metabolism (based on an analysis of the results of approximately 4750 myDNA tests)
Your genetics partner for life
Associate Professor Les Sheffield founded My DNA Life because he recognised how advances in DNA testing could help patients receive a more targeted personalised medication treatment.
In 2007 he established the myDNA multi-gene test (previously DNAdose).
To date 10,000 tests have been conducted nationwide.
Bringing new discoveries to you
The area of genetic profiling is rapidly evolving with a huge amount of research being conducted around the world.
Our team is dedicated to providing you with the most up to date knowledge in the field.
This can help you to make more informed health and lifestyle decisions.
myDNA for You
Your DNA results have lifelong relevance and can help guide your future health and lifestyle choices.
Once you have received your results from your healthcare professional, you can securely access your results and other information tailored to your DNA via our secure online portal. This will include new information as it becomes available.
Video: Learn more about the myDNA test (previously DNAdose)
Our focus areas
Backed by a clinical team
Associate Professor Les Sheffield
Clinical Geneticist and Clinical Director
Les has 35 years of experience in the field of clinical genetics. Since 2000 he has worked in personalised medicine, testing how individuals process their medications. He is the founder of My DNA Life (formerly GenesFX Health) and is on the editorial board of the Pharmacogenomics Journal.
He was previously a senior clinical geneticist with the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services and has established clinical genetic services in hospitals across South Australia and Victoria.
Consultant Pharmacist and Associate Clinical Director
Sam is a consultant pharmacist who has spent 13 years in community pharmacy and clinical pharmacogenomic testing. He has a particular interest in drug metabolism and optimising the use of medicines. Sam educates pharmacists and health professionals on the clinical application of pharmacogenomics.
Dr Novita Puspasari
Novita obtained her PhD through the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, majoring in the area of genetics and molecular biology of disease. She is part of the myDNA team which interprets and writes the pharmacogenomic report. Her current focus is on developing new genetic tests to broaden the scope of myDNA.
Tara has worked in various pharmacies and has delivered myDNA results to patients first hand. She has developed a particular interest in the areas of pharmacogenomics and mental health. She advises pharmacists and other health professionals how to incorporate pharmacogenomic testing into their practice.
Research indicates that up to one third of people may process certain types of medications too quickly, which can increase the risk of treatment failure or reduced efficacy
Statistics for CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 genotypes are quoted in the CPIC Guidelines Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (August 2015) and are confirmed by the analysis of the results of approximately 4750 myDNA tests -Hicks J et al (2015)