Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Dr Sally Catt



  • Second semester (extended) 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester (extended) 2016 (Online)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. know and 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.


Implementation of a new procedure (30%)
Redesigning standard operating procedures (30%)
Troubleshooting (35%)
Data logging (5%)

Workload requirements

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

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