Dr Guy Gudex – more IVF funding needed

Repromed founder and Fertility Doctor Dr Guy Gudex spoke with TV1 this week about the need for more IVF funding to help reduce public wait times.

Wait times are between 12 and 18 months and women must be under the age of 40 to be eligible. “To wait a year for your treatment when you’re 38 or 39 can be quite stressful,” Dr Gudex explains.

The last significant increase in funding was in 2006, which resulted in couples having a second treatment cycle.

Repromed clients Gauri and Apurv Puranik also share their personal experience and challenges with fertility treatment and waiting for publicly funding IVF.

“To be honest, I have had some terrible times. I have been through quite a bit of counselling during the process,” Gauri said. “It was never an easy journey at all. Because every cycle, every period is a grief.”

This year, the demand for publicly funding IVF has increased by 20%. With around $15 million spent on fertility treatment annually, Dr Gudex suggests that another four or five million a year would significantly reduce wait times.

Published December 2022.

Megan Black

Nurse Manager


Megan leads the nursing team through the continually changing face of IVF. She works in a multidisciplinary team, providing the essential organization between the doctors and laboratory and ensuring communication between all departments.

Megan started her IVF nursing career in the United Kingdom, working in two large London clinic’s before returning to New Zealand. She is also the Secretary of Fertility Nurses of Australasia.

I love working with people and see nursing as a vocation, not a job. I usually spend my downtime absorbed in a good book and planning my next travel adventure.