Welcome To Fertility SA
The most highly qualified fertility medicine team in South Australia
Fertility SA is an Adelaide owned and operated fertility and IVF clinic providing specialist care to families across Australia. Our team of professionals include world-renowned doctors, all of whom are qualified gynaecologists.
Commitment to excellence and the latest technology
Our in-house team offers some of the best educated, trained and experienced doctors, nurses and embryologists in their field. Our doctors are exceptional. Our outcomes are outstanding. But primarily you are our top priority.
Our focus is on you
We know that your situation is unique to you. We also know that the decision to pursue fertility treatment can have a profound effect on the lives and dreams of you and your family.
Our commitment and mission
We are committed to guiding and supporting you every step of the way. We will develop a treatment process tailored to suit your unique circumstances. It is our mission to provide you with the highest quality fertility advice and care to achieve the best possible outcome.
You and your future baby are always our priority.
Who We Are
We are a leader in fertility treatment in South Australia
We strive to continuously improve and ensure we remain at the forefront of reproductive medicine globally. There are a number of elements that primarily separate us from other providers in SA:
We are the only independent doctor-owned and doctor-run fertility treatment centre in the state.
Our team is made up of some of the most highly respected reproductive medicine and fertility specialists, many of whom are recognised globally for their continued contribution to the industry of reproductive medicine.
This global, industry leading knowledge drives our approach with the latest thinking informing how we help you.
What We Do
Uncompromising, individualised care
Our approach to fertility treatment involves a number of different yet vital aspects, each working hand in hand to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.
When you first seek help from Fertility SA, your doctor will follow your care through every step of the way towards getting pregnant and into your first trimester. This means you will have someone you know, trust and can contact at any stage to help you navigate your journey.
Our counsellor is also available at no cost to you at all stages of your relationship with Fertility SA.
We pride ourselves on excellence
At Fertility SA, it is our mission to constantly explore and develop new technologies and innovative methods that drive the best possible outcomes for you and your family.
Under the guidance of our New Developments Director, Associate Professor Louise Hull whose expertise is in research and development, we have recently introduced the following market- leading services:
EmbryoGen and BlastGen Culture Media
A recent trial of EmbryoGen at Fertility SA in more than 60 couples showed higher clinical pregnancy rates than ever achieved in previous cycles for the same couples. The embryos cultured this way in the lab showed improved development and better implantation than embryos cultured in normal media. As a result of this, we conducted a further study of BlastGen to determine whether the benefits experienced with EmbryoGen are enhanced. BlastGen is a GM-CSF containing media developed by the University of Adelaide, used to culture embryos from day 3 to 5.
We were the first unit in Australia to use this type of media and in fact, one of just two trial sites in the world, Fertility SA and a unit in Japan.
Next Generation Sequencing for Chromosome Screening
DNA is made up of a sequence of molecules in a similar way to words being made up of a code of letters. The code of all chromosomes can be deciphered from DNA in the cells taken from the embryo using next generation sequencing. This is highly advanced in that it gives us different detail in the analysis and better accuracy than the more commonly used CGH (Comparative Genomic Hybridisation) method.
This is a method used by embryologists to select the best sperm for patients undergoing ICSI treatment. The technology is based on the natural mechanism that the egg uses to select sperm. Our lab has seen a significant increase in high-quality blastocyst embryos obtained during an IVF cycle using this particular technique and for many couples, this has resulted in a pregnancy. It is an especially suitable option for couples who have difficulty conceiving due to mild or moderate male factor infertility problems or sperm DNA damage.
Groundbreaking research and advanced technologies
Our specialists have undertaken groundbreaking research with studies recognised nationally and internationally.
The origins of Fertility SA are embedded in the pioneering University of Adelaide Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Our continued association with this world leading and dynamic institution allows us to incorporate world’s best research and the most advanced technologies into our fertility treatment methods at Fertility SA.
We continue to be at the forefront of new developments and our specialists are recognised across the globe for their ongoing commitment to education and research in the fields of reproductive medicine and embryology.
Professor Robert Norman was the inaugural Director of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide. Professor Norman is also Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide and is a subspecialist in reproductive medicine (CREI) and in endocrine biochemistry (FRCPA). His research has focused on ART and reproductive endocrinology, particularly in Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome (PCOS), as well as the effect that lifestyle has on reproductive outcomes and the impact of support through the treatment process.
Associate Professor Louise Hull, also a subspecialist in reproductive medicine (CREI), is a researcher within the world-renowned Robinson Institute, the Research Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide. Her research has focused on the area of endometriosis, a condition where the endometrium implants in areas where it is not usually found, such as the ovary and the pelvis. Recently, Louise was appointed as Advisor to the American Institute of Endometriosis.
Our Nurses and Counsellors
Our Board and Management
Virginia Hickey Board Chairperson
Professor Rob Norman Medical Director
Donna Howlett Board Director
Dr Bruno Radesic Board Director
Dr Michelle Wellman Board Director
Paul Anderson CEO
Kirsty Mead Communications Manager
Bronwyne Chesterman Administration Manager
Paula Scanlon Nurse Manager