Page 8 - Aspire Newsletter APRIL 2022 Vol 7 / Issue 2
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                                                                                    successfully lobby to
reopen fertility units in
COVID lockdown
By Professor Louise Hull Country Representative
Australian IVF units have faced significant changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At various times, major cities have been in lockdown due to COVID and in Melbourne in particular there were significant restrictions in accessing IVF. Uncertainty over treatment options has been particularly concerning for patients experiencing infertility.
Fortunately, community advocates supported the reopening of IVF units in Melbourne on 25 January.
We have experienced quarantine periods, and the introduction of rapid antigen testing. Importantly, high vaccination rates have been effective. Our hospitals have not been overwhelmed by COVID cases and in more recent times people have welcomed much needed freedom to enjoy festivals, concerts and restaurants.
During the global pandemic, we have relied on virtual meetings, webinars and workshops, but we are now planning a return to face-to-face conferences where we can enjoy each other’s company in a knowledge sharing, collegiate environment.
Louise Hull
The first face-to-face meetings have started and the Australian Reproductive Update Conference showcased research that had been progressing in relative isolation in various Australian laboratories.
In March, the Australian Government announced significant funding for research and clinical care of endometriosis. A new website au has been launched as part of the initiative.
We are all looking forward to the 2022 ASPIRE Virtual Congress, which may be the last in this format.
Welcome return to a normal meeting format at the Australian Reproductive Update Conference
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