Our Blog

Adelady – Dr Sally Reid talks about Endometriosis Awareness Month

It’s Endometriosis Awareness Month in March and Sally talks to Adelady about this disease that cripples so many women and often takes too long for diagnosis. Watch the Adelady episode here: https://www.9now.com.au/adelady/season-2/episode-4Read more

A New App To Find Your Donor

A/Prof Louise Hull chats to Ali Clarke on ABC 891. Listen to the story here: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/adelaide/programs/mornings/mornings/8309114Read more

AMH – Prof Norman talks to SMH

Professor Rob Norman talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about the impact of AMH testing following his presentation at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s annual conference in Sydney. You can read the article at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/simple-fertility-test-a-game-changer-but-not-covered-by-medicare-20170303-gupx92.htmlRead more

Endometriosis – A/Prof Louise Hull talks to Triple J

A/Prof Louise Hull talks on Triple J’s current affair program ‘Hack’ where they discussed the possibility of future blood tests for Endometriosis. Hear her talk on ‘Hack’ at: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/hack/8299178Read more

Fertility SA BioResource- How you can help fertility research

Fertility SA is an active research group that collaborates with the Robinson Research Institute, Australian universities and industry partners. We are committed to improving reproductive health care and we pride ourselves on having the courage to innovate and improve existing technologies. We do this to give each and every patient the best possible chance ofRead more

‘Damning report’ into PCOS care

This article reported by 6 Minutes, a website for AHPRA Registered Practitioners highlights the need for expert treatment when it comes to PCOS: ‘Damning report’ into PCOS care Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are reporting frustration at the length of time it takes to get a diagnosis. Many are having to endure numerous consultations withRead more

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS 2016

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS 2016 Our opening hours over Christmas and New Year are listed below.  Please note that we cannot guarantee same day reporting of bloods taken at other facilities over this period. As usual, our on call doctor is available for any urgent matters over these dates.  Happy Holidays to all. MondayRead more

The last thing you want to hear #3

We have had many people ask us about dealing with insensitive comments made in the midst of a often private and difficult time.  Julie Potts, our counsellor, who is available to all Fertility SA patients, recommends the book Swimming Upstream: The Struggle to Conceive,  by David Rawlings and Karen Looi.  The book is a wonderfulRead more

The last thing you want to hear #4

We have had many people ask us about dealing with insensitive comments made in the midst of a often private and difficult time.  Julie Potts, our counsellor, who is available to all Fertility SA patients, recommends the book Swimming Upstream: The Struggle to Conceive,  by David Rawlings and Karen Looi.  The book is a wonderfulRead more

The last thing you want to hear #2

We have had many people ask us about dealing with insensitive comments made in the midst of a often private and difficult time.  Julie Potts, our counsellor, who is available to all Fertility SA patients, recommends the book Swimming Upstream: The Struggle to Conceive,  by David Rawlings and Karen Looi.  The book is a wonderfulRead more

The last thing you want to hear #1

We have had many people ask us about dealing with insensitive comments made in the midst of a often private and difficult time.  Julie Potts, our counsellor, who is available to all Fertility SA patients, recommends the book Swimming Upstream: The Struggle to Conceive,  by David Rawlings and Karen Looi.  The book is a wonderfulRead more

Bed, Birth and Beyond 2016

Fertility SA and Robinson Research Institute are pleased to be hosting Bed, Birth and Beyond 2016 at Adelaide Oval this Saturday November 19th.  A high quality Women’s Health Conference, designed to help health professionals improve outcomes for their patients.  Please see the programme below: bed-birth-and-beyond-november-2016-programmeRead more

Good news for older mothers?

A paper published today suggests that women over 40, who go through IVF, have a lower risk of abnormalities in their baby than those who conceive naturally.  This is very surprising and does not seem to have any biological basis that we understand at the moment.  It may be that if true that the IVFRead more

Your embryos are safe

We are aware of a sad news story published in today’s Advertiser about embryos being destroyed at another IVF clinic in the recent South Australian blackout, and wish to advise our patients that your embryos are safe. Here is a what we published after the blackout on social media: We hope everyone braved the blackoutRead more

Why one is better than two – transferring a single embryo

Dr Alex Hubczenko Identical outfits, a double stroller, double the baby cooing and gurgling, completed family – two is better than one right? Not necessarily. When it comes to in vitro fertilization and the choice of transferring one or two embryos, most fertility specialists will agree that one is better than two. The goal ofRead more

Bed, Birth and Beyond 2016

Bookings are now open and a final programme will be released shortly. Please email Kirsty on kmead@fertilitysa.com.au or phone 8100 2900 if you require further information. BOOK ONLINERead more

Supporting your friend or family member through their infertility struggles.

Imagine you have an old friend.  Imagine this friend lives on the other side of town and they plan a dinner to catch up.  They can’t wait to catch up they say. Sounds simple, but the friend isn’t so easy to pin down.  You make a real effort because you really want to catch upRead more

Health and Well Being with Josie Walters (part 1)

What we eat, how much we consume, our level of activity and the environments we live in, can affect our health and wellbeing and ultimately our ability to conceive, maintain a healthy pregnancy and more importantly maintain a lifestyle for our health and wellbeing and that of our families and future generations. FertilitySA is awareRead more

1200 children and counting: Adelaide’s father of fertility, IVF professor Rob Norman, delivers gift of life

Parenting Writer Liz Walsh, The Advertiser TWENTY-EIGHT years ago, Rob Norman arrived at Adelaide Airport with his young family. He’d never set foot in Australia before, but had made the life-changing decision to move from Africa – via London – to Adelaide on the recommendation of a man he’d never met. He was to takeRead more

IVM at Fertility SA

Have you heard about the new big change in the world of fertility? The less invasive alternative to IVF? This new process is called in vitro maturation or IVM, and we can offer this at FertilitySA. If you have been listening to the radio or reading the newspaper in the last week there has beenRead more

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Professor Rob Norman presents at Grand Rounds at the WCH.  An interesting watch for those interested in starting a family.    Read more

Is 62 too old for a baby?

Revolution in reproductive choices started in the 1960’s with the introduction of the oral contraceptive pill, legal termination of pregnancy, the use of donor sperm and then the introduction of IVF in the late 1970’s. Since then reproductive choices have continued to expand including prediction of genetic abnormalities in pregnancy, surrogacy, egg donation, genetic testingRead more

Our Scientific Director at ESHRE

ESHRE meeting Early in July I had the opportunity to attend the European conference in Human Reproduction held in Helsinki Finland. Helsinki is a beautiful city especially in the summer when the markets are full of Raspberries and Strawberries – my vices.  ESHRE is a very large meeting (10,000 delegates) that attracts people from allRead more

Is 62 too old to be having babies via IVF?

Professor Rob Norman  discusses age with Ali Clarke on ABC 891, following the recent news that a 62 year old woman has given birth to a baby in Melbourne.  Professor Norman makes some interesting commentary about the flow on repercussions of fertility treatment in this age group and also the little discussed age of theRead more

A/Professor Hull visits a clinic in Russia

I just spent the afternoon at an IVF clinic in St Petersburg in Russia. This clinic is opposite the Kazan Cathedral, and Stroganovsky Palace and only a few blocks from the Hermitage, so is completely surrounded by amazing historical sights. The clinic runs 3000 cycles a year and was one of the first in Russia.Read more

Professor Norman honoured in Helsinki

ESHRE 2016 Every year the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology chooses one honorary member from a group of more than 10,000 members.  This year, of the world’s reproductive medicine specialists,  ESHRE has chosen to acknowledge our very own Professor Rob Norman.  This is an enormous and well deserved accolade.  We are very proudRead more

Advances in DNA and Technology – Professor Rob Norman

Professor Robert Norman June 2016 Advances in DNA and its technology are sweeping the world in all aspects of medicine. The concept of personalised medicine has some of its origins in understanding the DNA of the person to see how they are going to respond to the environment with respect to illness, drugs and otherRead more

IVF and the Media

Several months ago I was approached by Four Corners to appear on it regarding IVF success rates and what patients understand.  I am always cautious of these invitations, especially from national groups as there is often an underlying agenda with a risk for things not to go the way that you plan.  After talking toRead more

Our latest ‘Adelady’ blog

Supporting friends through fertility treatment Fertility SA counsellor Julie Potts talks about the sensitive subject of dealing with friends struggling with fertility. Imagine you have an old friend. Imagine this friend lives on the other side of town and they plan a dinner to catch up. They can’t wait to catch up. Sounds simple, butRead more

How to Choose an IVF Clinic and Understand Success Rates

Australia’s National Infertility Network has published a guide to help patients navigate through the spin and make informed decisions about their fertility treatments. You can download the guide below.  How to Choose an IVF Clinic and Understand Success RatesRead more

Too many couples needlessly turning to fertility treatment warns Adelaide expert

COUPLES are undergoing fertility treatments they don’t need because the baby-making business has become “so commercialised”, an Adelaide expert in the field says. Fertility SA medical director Professor Robert Norman said patients often self-diagnosed the need for fertility treatment and were forking out thousands of dollars unnecessarily, when they could just ask a GP forRead more

30+ years experience – excellent success rates

30+ years experience, excellent success rates and a treatment continuum that starts with the least invasive (not necessarily the most profitable) treatment first makes Prof Norman’s opinion on this topic worth a read…. CAN YOU TELL A CLINIC BY ITS PUBLISHED PREGNANCY RATES? Recently, Norman Swan, the ABC Health Report presenter discussed discrepancy in pregnancyRead more

Associate Professor Louise Hull discusses the BlastGen trial

Associate Professor Louise Hull discusses the BlastGen trial being undertaken at Fertility SA following development at The University of Adelaide.  See our website for further details or read the story on the link below. www.abc.net.au Resource: ABC NewsRead more

Professor Norman’s 5AA radio interview with Will Goodings

Following comments made by a leading British fertility expert, hear Professor Norman discuss the concept that women should be having babies before 30 in order to avoid a decline in egg quality and fertility. Read more here. Resource: 5AARead more

How will changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) affect you?

On July 1, 2015 the Australian Government will introduce amendments to the PBS which will change the way you access your IVF/GIFT medicines.  As this will impact many of our patients, FertilitySA would like to highlight some of the main points. •  Your doctor will still prescribe your medicines for you, but clinics will  noRead more

Professor Norman – IVF industry criticised for misleading claims

Source: ABC 7.30 Professor Norman is one of the experts interviewed in this piece exposing some questionable practices within the IVF industry on the ABC’s current affair programme 7.30. Watch the segment and read the transcript here.Read more

Federal Budget Safety Net Amendments effective

The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) threshold is a separate benefit in addition to Medicare rebates and is applicable once your out of pocket medical costs during a calendar year reach and pass a certain amount.  The EMSN threshold will be increased from 1st January 2015 from the current amount of $1,248.70 for singles andRead more