Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
OfferedClayton Second semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester (extended) 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sally Catt


This unit provides students with a detailed understanding of how to establish and equip an IVF laboratory and the quality control and quality assurance practises required to run an effective IVF service. New insights into the quality management framework for an embryology laboratory will allow students to understand and develop techniques for continuous quality improvement in their future workplaces, and to achieve ambitious goals. Knowledge gained in this unit is readily transferable into other areas of laboratory and research activities. Students will have the opportunity to visit IVF laboratories during a designated 'work experience' week and observe how they operate, what techniques are used and which services are offered. A report and an informal presentation (not assessed) on their site visit will enable students to share their experiences and compare the differences in techniques and practices between clinics.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand and be able to explain the principals of total quality management and apply the concepts in a laboratory setting in order to achieve continuous quality improvement
  2. Identify the equipment required to run an effective IVF laboratory and justify equipment needs
  3. Simulate the design of an IVF laboratory and its location within an IVF clinic
  4. Review national and international guidelines for establishing a quality ART facility
  5. Predict, measure and solve problems that may arise in an IVF laboratory.


Written reports: IVF lab visit (33%)
Quality control, lab design (33%)
Essay 34%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

6h contact per week (lectures, tutorials, forums, self-directed study, mock audits)
2-5 days IVF lab visits (on site)