Referring to a Genea Specialist

Why refer to Genea?

With new IVF centres opening, some at greatly reduced out of pocket cost to patients for basic services, we believe the time is right to share what we believe are the three questions you may want to consider when looking to refer patients for fertility treatment. Download a Genea Specialist referral form.

To ensure that you and your patients are well informed, the answers to these 3 key questions will give you the confidence to know that you are referring to a clinic that has a long history of proven success.

  1. How do I know if I’m referring my patients to a clinic that provides success rates on "live births", not just clinical pregnancy rates?
  2. How do I know if I’m referring my patient to highly qualified specialists with proven results?
  3. How do I know my patient will receive treatment tailored to them and not just a one-size-fits-all approach?

1. How do I know if I’m referring my patients to a clinic that provides success rates on "live births", not just clinical pregnancy rates?

Most clinics only provide their clinical pregnancy rates which can be misleading as you can’t take home a pregnancy. That is why it is important to ask what their "live birth" success rates are.

At Genea, our goal is to provide your patients with a baby and that is why we focus on our "live birth" success rates.

2. How do I know if I’m referring my patient to highly qualified specialists with proven results?

Genea firmly believes - and has proven year after year through our reported success rates - that IVF is a specialist medical activity.

Genea very much values the contribution of GPs in providing initial workup, care and guidance for patients with infertility, but we strongly believe the actual treatment processes of IVF themselves are best undertaken by specialist Gynaecologists who are trained in ovarian stimulation, cycle monitoring, egg collection/embryo transfer procedures and are trained to manage any issues that arise from the risks of fertility treatment.

We have concerns that the use of GPs in some new IVF units is predominantly a cost cutting measure at the expense of optimum specialist care for your patients.

Genea Fertility Specialists are either Certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) subspecialists or specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who have undertaken additional study to provide comprehensive management and high rates of success for patients with reproductive disorders and infertility. To support our leading Specialist team, Genea also invests in the best possible staff, and has a high staff to patient ratio. Having more Nurses, Scientists and Counsellors relative to the number of patients seen, means better quality care.

3. How do I know my patient will receive treatment tailored to them and not just a one-size-fits-all approach?

When it comes to IVF, ovarian stimulation, cycle monitoring and egg collection are the most complicated aspects of treatment.  An individualised approach and optimal timing of these events is critical and can be a real driver of the success of a cycle.  Knowing whether a clinic offers these procedures 7 days a week, when the patient’s body is ready is crucial when evaluating your referral options.

Additionally, we believe offering embryo freezing (vitrification) as routine practice is another key part of treatment. Should the first cycle not be successful, patients have the opportunity to return for a transfer of one of their remaining frozen embryos– a much less invasive procedure and at a far lower cost.  Better still, those patients who did conceive on their first cycle can return later for a second child, using their frozen embryos.  Knowing whether a clinic offers embryo storage and that they have proven experience with vitrification means your patients do not have to undergo repeated stimulated cycles unnecessarily – a process that risks a higher complication rate and places a higher burden on government through increased Medicare claims.

We have concerns that some "low cost" providers of IVF services are not optimising treatment to produce frozen embryos, or that patients are discouraged from freezing embryos with prohibitive additional fees.

Genea individualises patient care, especially with respect to timing of IVF procedures. When women undertake ovarian stimulation, their ovaries usually respond in different timeframes. Most IVF units undertake procedures on only 3 days a week, which might compromise results if a patient’s egg collection procedure is not optimally timed. In contrast, we conduct our procedures when the Specialist feels the timing is right for their patients, irrespective of the day of the week.