COVID-19: Update IVF resumes

21 April 2020: At 1.30pm today after a National Review of COVID-19 infection rates, Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced that restrictions will be lifted on some non-essential surgeries and that fertility clinics can return to operation. Genea is thrilled that patients can once again access our world leading fertility services.

On 27 April 2020, Genea operations will return and patients wishing to start a stimulated IVF cycle, frozen embryo transfer cycle and egg and sperm freezing - can do so. Genea is currently reviewing individual clinic operations and may look to centralise some services.

Genea Medical Director, Associate Professor Mark Bowman said, “it’s been a devasting few weeks for those who wanted to commence treatment but as always, Genea adheres and respects the advice and requirements of the government”. He adds, “it is wonderful news we can open our doors again and support those longing for a family, many of our patients don’t have time to waste.”

Genea clinics returning to operation will continue to require strict social distancing measures to reduce the risk of infection amongst patients and staff. Fertility Specialists and Nurses will consult via video and all necessary clinic and day surgery visits will be timed carefully to reduce the number of visitors at one point in time.

Dr Bowman says the safety of patients and staff is always paramount and responsible delivery of healthcare is core to Genea’s operating model, “over the past month our counsellors, doctors, nurses and scientists have all worked hard to support patients unable to access services, we will continue to do all we can to ensure patients feel safe and supported in our environment.”

He says, the pandemic has also highlighted the importance of science in the delivery of healthcare, “when patients are considering an IVF clinic, I encourage them to also consider the benefits of world leading science and technology.”

Exclusive to all Genea clinics in Australia, Genea’s Geri incubation system results in more high-grade embryos per cycle* and facilitates Grow by Genea, a revolutionary app that allows patients to access images and time lapse footage of their embryos developing in the laboratory. “At a time when patients are feeling isolated and disconnected and when, more than ever, quick success in achieving pregnancy for patients is crucial, Genea is best placed to support with our science and care.”

* When compared to the MINC incubator and Gems sequential media. Study performed in Genea’s Canberra, Wollongong, Liverpool, North West, RPA and Kent St laboratories, 2015-2019.
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