Provision of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Limited engagement in an online survey of Medical Directors of ART services

Emily W. Gilbert, Jacqueline A. Boyle, Sandra K. Campbell, Alice R. Rumbold

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Abstract

Current knowledge about infertility and access to infertility treatment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is extremely limited. We conducted an online survey of Medical Directors of registered ART providers in Australia (n = 59) to obtain preliminary information on this topic. Six (10%) Directors responded; only two reported routinely collecting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status of clients. While the low response rate prevents generalising the findings, the poor engagement may indicate gaps in awareness of fertility issues for this group. This warrants further investigation, to understand whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are appropriately accessing infertility care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)980-982
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume60
Issue number6
Early online date9 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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