Victorians will be able to access Australia‘s first IVF clinic after it opens in Melbourne on Tuesday, giving hope to many trying to have a baby.
The clinic will be the country’s first to provide free fertility treatment for those struggling to get pregnant.
The clinic will be run by the Royal Women‘s Hospital and Monash Health and will be able to provide services to 4000 people trying to have a baby per year.
With each IVF cycle costing at least $10,000, the clinic will help remove barriers for those who want to have a baby, Mr Andrews said.
“IVF can be a game-changer for people who might be struggling to have a child, but too often and for too many, it‘s financially out of reach,” he said.
The clinic has had $70 million allocated to it from the 2021 budget and was a 2018 election promise from the Andrews government.
There are hopes that the clinic could be expanded next year, with the Premier pledging to expand its services to 5000 women if re-elected.
That election promise would also include $13.5 million to expand the service to regional areas.
Aside from IVF treatments, fertility preservation, genetic testing, donor and surrogacy services and a public sperm and egg bank will also be available.