Wednesday, 23 September 2015

SPHPM takes out the Best Paper Award at the Fertility Society of Australia’s Annual Conference

SPHPM’s Jean Hailes Research Unit (JHRU) was well represented at the Fertility Society of Australia’s Annual Conference, which was held in Canberra from 13 to 16 September 2015. The Fertility Society of Australia is the peak body for scientists, doctors, researchers, nurses, consumers and counsellors in reproductive medicine in both Australia and New Zealand. Its annual Conference is an opportunity for reproductive health experts from all over the world to present research and discuss new treatments and technologies in reproductive medicine.

JHRU’s Dr Karin Hammarberg was a member of the scientific Organising Committee for the Conference, led by Professor Rob Norman, an esteemed reproductive health expert. The Committee was responsible for putting together a dynamic and informative program featuring many international and local speakers.

Dr Hammarberg also presented work from three of the projects she is currently involved in and gave an invited plenary lecture titled ‘Psychosocial care in ART – Evidence to guide best practice’. Professor Jane Fisher spoke on the topic ‘Social egg freezing – Would you recommend it to your daughter?’ in her invited address.  

Dr Natasha Pritchard presented data from a study about egg freezing for non-medical reasons conducted at JHRU. In recognition of the importance of this work her paper ‘Why do women freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons? Australian women’s experiences’ was awarded the best paper on psychosocial issues. 

Dr Pritchard’s research investigated the characteristics of women who had used egg freezing technology and the reasons they gave for doing so. On analysis of the survey data, it was concluded that women who froze their eggs were socioeconomically advantaged; and contrary to the stereotype that women freeze eggs to advance their career before having children, the lack of a suitable partner to have children with was most influential in their decision. 

SPHPM congratulates to Dr Pritchard on this impressive achievement, and to the researchers at JHRU for their continued pivotal work in the field.

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