End in sight for IVF ban

Couples struggling to conceive are pleading with the government to make IVF an essential service after their family plans were put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It comes after federal Chief Health Officer Brendan Murphy said the National Cabinet would on Tuesday consider how and when elective surgery, including fertility services, could restart.

A ban on all non-essential surgery was introduced on April 1 to preserve personal protective equipment and protect healthcare workers.

The measures caused panic among many IVF patients, whose plans were paused for the foreseeable future.

Prof Murphy said modelling was now being conducted and that IVF procedures would be considered.

“It’s something that state and territory health departments will be considering along with the other range of elective activities,” he said.