Current Research At Flinders Fertility & Citations

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Research At Flinders Fertility

Acupuncture Trial

Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin – or applying various other techniques to the acupuncture points – to restore balance and encourage the body to heal itself. Scientific studies have shown the potential for acupuncture to be effective in treating many disorders.

Acupuncture trial
A multi-centred randomized controlled trial is being conducted to evaluate the adjunctive role acupuncture has on live birth rates for women undergoing IVF.  The study is being administered from the University of Western Sydney, and involves collaborations with researchers from Flinders University, and IVF units. Flinders Fertility is participating in this study and is seeking women aged less than 43 years who are undergoing a fresh IVF cycle.  Women taking part in the study will be randomly allocated to acupuncture or sham acupuncture.  The study will run throughout 2014.

If you are interested in taking part in this trial or have any questions please call 131 IVF (131 483) and ask to talk to Helen or Mary, or email us at

An Australian perspective of promoting healthy lifestyle in fertility clinics.

This exploratory study being conducted by Ms Gill Homan and Prof Sheryl de Lacey is investigating how Fertility Clinics across Australia manage the preparation of patients to optimise fertility treatment outcomes, particularly how they encourage patients in losing weight and making healthy lifestyle choices. We are interested in what information and support is routinely available to assist patients with healthy lifestyle change. Professional attitudes to primary health promotion and the role of fertility nurses in supporting and facilitating lifestyle modification will also be explored.

Healthy lifestyle is important to conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. As overweight and obesity rises in Australia, fertility clinics see an increasing number of patients with unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, which may compromise their treatment outcome.  We are interested in finding out how and by what means  this problem is being addressed in fertility clinics across Australia.

Nurse Managers are being asked to complete an online survey and some participants (who’s clinic offer a lifestyle modification program) will be invited to participate in a phone interview to gain further information on the role of the fertility nurse.

Delayed childbearing and fertility; how do women and men make decisions about their fertility, the timing of reproduction and what triggers a decision?

A study is underway that aims to explore how and when decisions about reproduction are made by women and men and couples. The study is being conducted by Prof Sheryl de Lacey (Reproductive Health), Prof Murray Drummond (Men’s Health), Prof Caroline Smith (Women’s health) and Prof John Macdonald (National Men’s Health Network) with Dr Edith Weisberg (Family Planning Association and Prof Kelton Tremellen (Reproductive Medicine).

The investigators are seeking a deeper understanding of how women and men understand fertility and facts about reproduction, and how they use this information to make decisions.

Whilst there is some information about how women perceive their fertility and their age limitations, there is little information about how men perceive their fertility and their own or their partners limitations when making a decision to delay or progress reproduction.
The study will recruit equal numbers of men and women of different ages (18 – 30 and 32-40 years) from the community and will conduct focus groups in which the views and perceptions of the participants will be sought.

START Study (Supporting Transition following Assisted Reproductive Technologies).

Research Team: A/prof Linda Sweet (Flinders University), Ms Kirsty Stone (Flinders Fertility), Ms Gill Homan (Flinders Fertility), Prof Sheryl de Lacey (Flinders University)

A team of nurses and midwives are conducting a study about the experience of women who have become pregnant from IVF and are making the transition to obstetric care from the care of the fertility clinic.

It is common for women undergoing IVF to feel anxious when they become pregnant and  leave the care of the fertility clinic to enter the maternity care of their choice. There is usually a time gap following the 7-8 week scan with the fertility clinic  and the first appointment with their maternity care, where women may feel unsupported and apprehensive.

The study aims to understand women’s experiences of the transition to obstetric care, so that a system of support can be developed to assist the transition to maternity care following IVF.

We are seeking 10-12 pregnant women for a series of three telephone interviews over the course of their pregnancy and postpartum period.

If you are interested in participating in this study please contact us on 131 IVF (131 483) and ask to talk to Helen or Mary (nursing team), or email us at

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Conference Citations (Recent)

Flinders Fertility employees are highlighted.

  1. Bogda Koczwara, Fiona Young, 2013, The ovary and cancer treatment -– the future of fertility preservation, FCIC Survivorship Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  2. Alexander Penn, Jarrod Moreton, Jessica Miller and Fiona Young, 2013, Development of a resazaurin assay for follicle viability, Abst. 7398, Australian Society of Reproductive Biology, 25-28th Aug, Sydney, Australia
  3. Jarrod Moreton, Jessica Miller, Alexander Penn and Fiona Young, 2013, Effect of enzyme disaggregation on follicles harvested from mouse ovaries, Abst. 7410, Australian Society of Reproductive Biology, 25-28th Aug, Sydney, Australia.
  4. Jessica Miller, Alexander Penn, Jarrod Moreton and Fiona Young, 2013, Automated fluorescence microscopy image processing for the characterisation of follicles, oocytes and embryos, Abst. 7487, Australian Society of Reproductive Biology, 25-28th Aug, Sydney, Australia.
  5. Fiona Young, Alexander Penn, Jarrod Moreton, Jessica Miller, Herman Fernandes, 2013, The biology of fertility loss in oncology patients and advances in fertility preservation strategies, Clinical Oncologists Society of Australia, 12-14 Nov, Adelaide, Australia.
  6. Jessica J Miller, Hilary Martin, Fiona Young, Bogda Koczwara, 2013, A prospective study of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) as a potential predictor of chemotherapy-induced menopause: preliminary results, Clinical Oncologists Society of Australia, 12-14 Nov, Adelaide, Australia.
  7. Herman Fernandes, Angela Nikoloutsopoulos, Naomi Jenkin, Ying Liu and Renjini Samuel,  2013, Thaw and Culture to Blastocyst and Transfer Increases Live Birth Rate, Fertility Society of Australia, 1-4 Sept, Sydney, Australia.
  8. Herman Fernandes, Angela Nikoloutsopoulos, Naomi Jenkin, Ying Liu and Renjini Samuel, 2013, Culture of frozen –thawed embryos to blastocyst and transfer significantly improves clinical pregnancy rates compared with transfer of embryos post thaw, American Society For Reproductive Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts.
  9. Gillian Homan,  2010, Implementing a program to assess lifestyle and promote health change – the FAST study, Fertility Society of Australia, Adelaide, Australia (awarded best presentation by a nurse).
  10. Gillian Homan,  2013, The challenges associated with promoting healthy lifestyle change in infertile couples, Fertility Society of Australia, 1-4 Sept, Sydney, Australia.

Publication Citations (Recent)

Flinders Fertility employees are highlighted.

  1. G. F. Homan, J. Litt and R. Norman, 2012, The FAST study:  Fertility Assessment and advice Targeting lifestyle choices and behaviours: a pilot study, Human Reproduction.
  2. G. F. Homan, M. Davis and R. Norman, 2007, The impact of lifestyle factors on reproductive performance in the general population and those undergoing infertility treatment: a review, Human Reproduction.


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