Helping you make the best decision
If you’ve had a previous pregnancy affected by a chromosomal or genetic abnormality, or you know you have a family history of a certain health condition, it’s important to discuss this with your fertility specialist at your first appointment. Our Genetics team plays an important role in assessing any genetic risks, and helping you understand test results and implications.
In some cases we are able to provide reassurance through counselling and testing, in others we can look at possible treatment options such as PGD (Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis) as part of IVF treatment, or the use of donor gametes.
Your genetic counsellor will:
- Identify potential genetic health risks
- Provide information about those conditions and inheritance patterns
- Discuss genetic testing options
- Help you understand any results
- Provide both logistical and emotional support during your decisions and treatment
- Liaise with your other healthcare providers to ensure your genetic information is considered beyond fertility treatment
The IVFAustralia genetic team includes Dr Debra Kennedy, Clinical Geneticist, and Dr Janan Karatas, Genetic Counsellor. They see many of our patients through a difficult journey, and hope to make a difference to their experience – ultimately resulting in the safe arrival of a beautiful healthy baby.
Debra directs the provision of genetic services at IVFAustralia. She trained in paediatrics and clinical genetics in Sydney and Toronto. She also established the MotherSafe clinic at the Royal Hospital for Women in 2000, and remains a Director of the program.
Janan Karatas is an experienced clinician and academic researcher with extensive experience in genetics, assisted reproduction and women, infant and child health. Janan completed her doctoral research at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney with her research exploring the psychosocial impact of women undertaking Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. Janan is a qualified genetic counselor and member of the Human Genetics Society of Australia.
Both Debra and Janan consult from IVFAustralia’s Sydney city clinic, located in York St in Sydney's CBD.
Additional Genetic Services
In addition to providing genetic services for patients undergoing fertility treatment, IVFAustralia also offers diagnostic services to private, non-IVFAustralia patients with genetic concerns.