New to WA
Moving to a new place can be a challenge – finding a new home, navigating a new area, making new friends, finding a new hairdresser, barber, GP or beautician. So, how do you decide on a new fertility clinic?
Your New Fertility Clinic
Finding a new fertility clinic is just one of the hurdles you face when you move to a new area. You can ask your GP, friends or family for recommendations, or even refer to online TTC forums.
Ultimately, the choice is a very personal one, and not all clinics will suit all people. Because of the physical, emotional and financial demands of fertility treatment, it is important to find the clinic and specialist that is right for you.
What to look for in a Fertility Clinic
Not all fertility clinics are created equal, so it’s important to know what to look for when choosing your clinic.
Patient Centred Care
Every patient’s circumstances are different, so your treatment plan should be tailored specifically to your individual needs. Your clinician should be able to explain in detail what is wrong, why they are recommending certain treatment, the pros and cons of different treatment options and the costs.
Diagnosis Directed Treatment
Accurate diagnosis and treatment of underlying problems in some situations may restore fertility without the need of assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilisation. Be cautious of clinics that recommend a one-size-fits-all approach towards treating infertility or who recommend complex and expensive treatment options before exploring other possibilities.
While all fertility clinics are licensed and accredited there are questions that can be asked. Are electronic witnessing systems in place to minimise laboratory errors? Are the most advanced incubators and laboratory equipment being used? Are you given flexibility with your treatment options or are you repeating the same processes in vain?
Does the clinic go above and beyond?
- Do they provide convenient parking? Are Telehealth consultations offered to spare you unnecessary travel?
- Are there opportunities to provide feedback?
- Do they encourage you to feel actively involved in making decisions regarding your own treatment?
- Is there a willingness to accommodate feedback, good and bad, and utilise it to improve the treatment experience for all patients?
- Offer complimentary treatment options, while maintaining a core of evidenced based medicine?
Resources to help you choose a clinic
The Fertility Society of Australia and Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority have both put together some great resources to help you choose the clinic that best suits you:
Things you need to know about fertility treatment in WA
Fertility clinics in Western Australia must be accredited to provide assisted reproductive technologies to patients by local and federal bodies:
In doing so, they are required to comply with a comprehesive list of legislation and guidelines:
Importing or Exporting Reproductive Material
If you have undertaken treatment elsewhere, you may still have eggs, sperm and/or embryos stored at your previous clinic.
Under West Australian Law, some requirements and limitations exist for the import and export of human reproductive material into and out of Western Australia. You can find out more from the WA Health Department and/or the Reproductive Technology Council.
Interstate and Overseas Patients
Where is Fertility North?
Fertility North welcomes overseas patients to our clinic based in Joondalup, in Perth’s northern suburbs.
Our website is full of all the relevant information and our helpful staff are only a phone call away.
Joon-da-lup. The word Joondalup is derived from the Noongar word “Doondalup“, which means ‘the lake that glistens’, referring to the sparkling waters of Lake Joondalup.
Joondalup is located just 25-30 minutes (26km) north of Perth city, with easy access to everything you need, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle.
In Joondalup you will find plenty of accommodation, shopping, choice of eateries, easy access to transport, nearby parks and beaches, golf and plenty of entertainment.