Public funding

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.

Eligibility criteria

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.

  • Has been unsuccessful with pregnancy after 12 months of intercourse.
  • The woman must be under the age of 40 at the date of referral with a BMI less than 35 on the first specialist appointment date and 32 or under on the treatment start date.
  • The man must be under the age of 55 years at the date of referral with a BMI less than 40 on both the first specialist appointment date and the treatment start date.
  • Cannot have two or more children (of any age, including adopted or from previous relationship if living at home at least half the time).
  • Both parties need to be NZ citizens or NZ residents or have a valid work visa for over two years.
  • Both parties must be non-smokers for three months minimum prior to treatment.

Single or lesbian women and gay men:

  • Single or lesbian women can be eligible for a referral to publicly funded fertility services if they have clear biological causes of infertility. Examples of biological causes of infertility include:
    • Anovulation or very irregular periods (<20 or >42 days).
    • Known tubal infertility.
    • Severe endometriosis.
  • Publicly funded services may be provided if the woman is not pregnant after at least 12 cycles of donor insemination treatment, of which six must be in a NZS8134 certified clinic. All cycles must be performed on the same woman.
  • Other eligibility criteria for treatment also applies for single or lesbian women (age, BMI, etc.).
  • A gay man with azoospermia can be eligible for a referral to publicly funded fertility services.

Transgender peoples:

  • A couple, where either one or both persons are transgender and cannot achieve a pregnancy together, are eligible for a referral to publicly funded fertility services if they meet the other eligibility requirements (age, BMI, etc).

Next steps

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.

Current wait times

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.

Publicly funded fertility preservation – prior to cancer treatment

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.

For any queries about public funding, please contact our Public Funding Coordinator on 09 524 1232 or email . We look forward to hearing from you.

Megan Black

Nurse Manager

DipNurs

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.