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Australia's First Free Public IVF Service Open Today

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Making it fairer and easier for Victorians to have fertility help.

Today, the Victorian Government's statewide public IVF services commence. Last week, Premier Dan Andrews announced the initiative saying, "IVF can be incredibly hard — but some families can’t even try because of the cost. But not for long."

Services including IVF, donor services, surrogacy services, fertility preservation and genetic testing are available through The Royal Women’s Hospital and Monash Health as well as satellite sites in Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton, Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Epping, Sunshine and Heidelberg.

The services have been created with the aim of making it easier and fairer for more Victorians to access these services so, while to be be eligible, all you need is to be a Victorian resident with a medicare card and a doctor's referral, they are hoping to especially aid low-incomer earners, people who need fertility preservation due to medical treatment, such as those with cancer or undergoing gender reassignment, those who need donor and surragacy services, such as LGBTQ+ and single people, and those who are known carriers of medical conditions and need genetic testing.

The clinical criteria includes eggs to be fertalised being 42 years old or younger, as research evidence shows the chances of a successful outcome significantly decreases with increasing age. There is also a cap on how many IVF treatment cycles per person in a lifetime of two. This is to ensure Victorians experiencing infertility have a fair chance of creating a family through the public service.

To access the serrvices, you need to speak to your GP or specialist, if you meet the eligibility and clinical criteria you'll be put on the waiting list for an initial appointment. The Victorian Labor Government hopes to help 4,000 patients in the first year, and if relected, will inject another $13.6 million in the second year, helping an additional 1,000 people and providing up to 3,375 treatment cycles.

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