About the Study

Experiences of infertility and fertility treatment:
A qualitative research and online resource development project

Overview

The Experiences of infertility and fertility treatment among women and gender diverse individuals assigned female at birth: A qualitative research and online resource development project is part of the work of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Health in Reproductive Life (CRE-WHIRL).

A partnership between researchers from Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, RMIT University, University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, Erasmus University Medical Centre (Netherlands), UNSW, Victoria University, IVF Australia, Monash IVF and the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), CRE-WHIRL aims to address key gaps in women’s reproductive health in relation to:

  • polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
  • infertility, and
  • early menopause (EM).

To learn more about CRE-WHIRL, see here. The Experiences of infertility and fertility treatment project forms part of CRE-WHIRL’s program of research and knowledge translation in relation to infertility and builds on our past work and Healthtalk Australia online resources on early menopause.

Project aims:

The Experiences of infertility and fertility treatment project aims to:

  • explore experiences of infertility and/or fertility treatment among a diverse sample of 30 women and gender diverse people AFAB living in Australia via narrative interviews (audio or video-recorded according to participants’ preference), and
  • produce accessible online resources based on interview data and excerpts, guided by the Oxford University Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) approach to online resource production, to provide experiential insights in infertility and fertility treatment and promote person-centred care.

Funding Body:

NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Women’s Health in Reproductive Life (APP1171912).

Research Team:

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Professor Renata Kokanović

Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, RMIT University

Professor Renata Kokanović has extensive experience in qualitative health research, predominantly on sensitive health and well-being related topics, with a particular focus on mental health and women's health.

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Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle

Deputy Director, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University

Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle is an academic obstetrician/gynaecologist (NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and Career Development Fellowship) with a strong track record in consumer partnership and empowerment, supported by evidence-based education and shared decision making.

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Dr Kate Johnston-Ataata

Research Fellow, Social Research in Health Program, Social & Global Studies Centre, RMIT University

Dr Kate Johnston-Ataata is an early career researcher with a background in health and family sociology and research-based online resource production, with interests in reproductive health experiences and the sociology of personal and family life.

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Dr Rhonda Garad

Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University

Dr Rhonda Garad is a public health researcher with expertise in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research, clinical data hub projects and is a research translation specialist.

Reference Group:

A Reference Group comprising people with lived experience of infertility and/or fertility treatment, clinicians, social scientists, and representatives from advocacy organisations, professional societies and public health / health promotion organisations will provide advice and guidance to the researchers. This group is in the process of being assembled – more details will be forthcoming.