Repromed is proud to offer publicly funded fertility services in the Northern Region. The awarded government contract enables us to provide high-quality, evidence-based, personalised care to our publicly funded clients.
For those hoping for public funding of fertility treatment, here is a quick overview of the process. To start with, a doctor needs to assess your eligibility – this can be done via your GP, or a Repromed specialist can do this if a private consultation is booked.
Below are some of the eligibility criteria to refer you for a specialist consultation, also known as a First Specialist Appointment (FSA). Please note this criteria and language are set by the New Zealand Government.
Single or lesbian women and gay men:
If the criteria are met, the doctor will refer you to the Northern Region Fertility Service. You will then be randomly allocated to a fertility clinic who will send a letter asking for proof of residency and then send a confirmation letter.
On receipt of this confirmation, you will need to phone the allocated fertility clinic to book their first appointment (this is called a First Specialist Appointment, or FSA).
You are not able to request a specific fertility clinic and the waiting list varies by clinic. However rest assured that all New Zealand fertility clinics operate to the highest quality standards therefore results are similar.
First Specialist Appointment (FSA): approximately five months from referral.
Orientation appointment: approximately 15 to 18 months from placement on a waitlist.
Treatment: three to four months from your orientation appointment.
For those that are about to start cancer treatment, fertility may be able to be preserved and public funding may be available. Fertility preservation includes sperm and embryo freezing and storage, IVF treatment and surgical sperm retrieval. The eligibility criteria must be met which includes no biological children. Click below to read the full details of eligibility criteria, and refer to pages 14 and 15.
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.