Leading Australia's Fertility Research, to help everyone experience the joy of family
About Fertility Specialists of WA
At Fertility Specialists of WA, our vision is simple: we are here to help everyone experience the joy of family.
Every person or couple is unique, so with the expertise of Professor Roger Hart as our Medical Director, we tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs. We apply an evidence-based approach (medical) and consider your clinical and emotional needs as well.
Why choose Fertility Specialists of WA?
Evidence-basedWe keep up-to-date with research both nationally and internationally, so your treatment is backed by science.
An individual approachWe create an individual treatment plan tailored to your specific fertility needs.
A natural way to fertilityWe believe that natural paths towards pregnancy should be explored before we try more invasive treatment options.
A highly specialised team
We have a great team of fertility specialists working with us, including the only two WA Specialists who have passed their Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) qualification - Professor Roger Hart and Dr Tamara Hunter. At Fertility Specialists you will only be treated by a Doctor who has specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, so they will truly understand your needs. Some of our Doctors continue to work in Obstetrics, so you can choose to have your fertility treatment with him/her and continue with him/her to deliver your bundle of joy. This will give you complete continuity of care.
Why is a Multidisciplinary Team approach important?
Dr Tamara Hunter: What are the benefits of a multidisciplinary team in your fertility journey?
We are so proud of our team. Not only are they highly skilled to help you get pregnant - they also love what they do!
Our expert team is led by Medical Director and Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Roger Hart. He is the Deputy Head of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Western Australia.
He makes himself readily available to his team to provide immediate advice on any challenging clinical situations when they arise. His highest priority is to ensure that patients at Fertility Specialists WA get the best possible evidence-based care at all times.
Your Fertility WA Specialists
Prof Roger HartMedical director
Professor Hart is the Medical Director of Fertility Specialists of Western Australia and Professor of Reproductive Medicine, and Deputy Head, of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at the University of Western Australia. He is a recognised international leader in the field of infertility, with particular interests in the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), IVF and the medical management of male infertility. Professor Hart has a strong international research profile in the field of infertility, and has published almost 200 papers in the field of infertility and reproductive medicine.
Prof Roger Hart is CREI certified.
Dr Mike Aitken
Dr Aitken has been a full-time obstetrician and gynaecologist since 2000. He has a special interest and training in the management of fertility and associated surgery.
Dr Aitken is a member of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA). He is also a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).
Outside of work he enjoys time with his wife and family of four children, and is a keen bike rider, surfer, yoga exponent and lover of nature.
Dr Doreen Yeap
Dr Doreen Yeap is a Gynaecologist in private practice. Dr Yeap undertook a post-graduate fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr Yeap has special interests in infertility treatment, laparoscopic surgery, polycystic ovary syndrome, management of endometriosis and in vitro maturation of oocytes (IVM).
Dr Linda Wong
Dr Rose McDonnell
Dr Rose McDonnell’s career started as a Medical Scientist having majored in biochemistry, haematology and microbiology. Her curiosity for the patient story led her to pursue a career in medicine.
After completing her medical degree Dr McDonnell spent several years working in different areas of medicine until she began working at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, where she commenced her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
She was grateful to have exposure to Reproductive Medicine early in her training, which culminated in several research projects with Professor Roger Hart and a Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine. Following the completion of her obstetrics and gynaecology training Dr McDonnell began an AGES Laparoscopic Gynaecology Fellowship at King Edward Memorial Hospital and completed her Masters in Reproductive Medicine.
Dr McDonnell is pleased to be able to offer evening clinics and Skype appointments at Fertility Specialists of WA, for those that may find it difficult to attend during the day or who work away. Having had two children of her own she feels honoured to be able to help those who wish to experience the joy of having a child.
Assoc Prof Krish Karthigasu
Dr Wei-Ying Chua
Dr Wei-Ying Chua is a an obstetrician and gynaecologist at St John of God (Subiaco and Murdoch) Hospitals. Dr Chua is a University of Western Australia graduate.
She underwent specialist obstetrics and gynaecology training in New South Wales and Western Australia. She completed her Masters in Reproductive Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Dr Chua undertook a postgraduate fertility training fellowship at Fertility Specialists of Western Australia and King Edward Memorial Hospital.
She has a particular interest in fertility preservation, polycystic ovarian syndrome and gynaecological surgery.
Dr Chua also consults in Mandarin.
Dr Shital Julania
Dr Shital Julania completed her Medical degree and post graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in India then moved to Australia in 2009.
She has completed 6 years Obstetrics and Gynaecology training in Australia (FRANZCOG) including fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility from KEMH/FSWA, Perth. She has done paediatric and adolescent gynaecology fellowship at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne with involvement in management of fertility preservation in Children and Adolescents undergoing gonadotoxic therapy. She has completed Masters of Reproductive Medicine from University of NSW.
Shital has 16 years of work experience in Medicine and 13 years in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has worked in India and Australia, both in rural and urban areas. She is a mother of 2 boys and understands what joys kids bring in lives, and the importance of their and our health and well-being. She is passionate about supporting you through your journey.
She also provides general gynaecology consultations at WOOM, West Perth and works at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital. She offers consultations in Hindi as well.
Dr Tamara Hunter
Dr Tamara Hunter is a gynaecologist and Certified Specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) in Perth.
Before becoming a doctor, Tamara completed an Exercise Science degree in 1996. She worked as an exercise physiologist and corporate health consultant in Sydney. In 2000 she went to medical school to become a doctor. She returned to Perth in 2004, and received 2 academic prizes for her work in pre-term birth and in vitro maturation.
Dr Tamara Hunter is the only female fertility specialist in WA with a subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI certified).
Dr John Love
Dr Love is a Perth born Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who has been in private practice since 2000. Prior to this, he trained at UWA, KEMH & UK. He has rooms and delivers babies at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco.
Dr Love follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were also obstetricians at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. His mother was a specialist gynaecologist at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
Dr John Love has been working extensively in all aspects of fertility and IVF since 2000.
He obtained his medical degree from The University of Western Australia and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
As part of his affiliations, he attends conferences and medical education seminars to ensure staying up to date.
Dr Roger Perkins
Dr Roger Perkins is an experienced Gynaecologist with special interests including microsurgical reversal of male and female sterilisation, microsurgical testicular sperm retrieval, and advanced endoscopic surgery.
In addition to his private gynaecology practice, Dr Perkins is a consultant at the King Edward Memorial Hospital Reproductive Medicine Clinic, a Senior Lecturer at the University of WA, and a RANZCOG training supervisor. He also operates at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
Dr Perkins also has an interest in fertility-preserving surgery.
Dr Fiona Langdon
Dr Fiona Langdon graduated medical school with Honours from the University of Western Australia. She completed her residency at Royal Perth Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and The University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland.
Prior to commencement of specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology she worked in a variety of medical specialities giving her a broad knowledge of complex medical conditions and the influence fertility treatments and pregnancy can have on them. Her 6 years of specialist training was primarily undertaken at King Edward Memorial Hospital, a high-risk tertiary obstetric and gynaecology hospital delivering the sickest women and babies in Western Australia.
In her final year of training, she undertook a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Fertility Specialists of Western Australia. She has completed postgraduate studies in this area and has a Masters of Reproductive Medicine from the University of New South Wales. As well as working as a Fertility Specialist at FSWA she is a Specialist Obstetrician delivering at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
Fiona grew up in Perth and is a mother to two primary school-aged boys and remembers the absolute joy their birth brought to her and her family. She hopes to bring this joy to all her patients and feels it is an absolute privilege to be able to care for her patients, not just through their fertility journey, but also through their pregnancy and delivery.
Dr Chris Nichols
Dr Nichols is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with extensive experience in the management of fertility. He is an examiner with RANZCOG and an adjunct senior lecturer at Notre Dame’s School of Medicine in Fremantle. His obstetric practice is primarily based at St John of God Murdoch since 1998.
Dr Chris Nichols is the clincial director of Fertility Specialists WA Applecross. With decades of experience, he is highly qualified to help you with fertility treatment, whether the cause is age, ovulation disorders, male factors, or something else entirely.
Dr Jennifer Pontré
Dr Jennifer Pontré is a specialist gynaecologist with an interest in fertility and endometriosis. She is one of only a handful of gynaecologists in Perth to have completed the Australasian Gynaecologic and Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES) Fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery, a two-year training program undertaken by gynaecologists who wish to pursue additional training in surgery for endometriosis and fertility.
Dr Pontré received her medical degree with Honours from the University of Western Australia. She subsequently gained a breadth of experience working at Fremantle Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, and undertook her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Subsequent to obtaining her FRANZCOG, Dr Pontré completed her AGES fellowship followed by a final fellowship year in Dublin, Ireland.
Throughout her years of training Dr Pontré has maintained a strong commitment to the study of reproductive endocrinology and fertility. She has completed post graduate studies in this area and holds a Masters through the University of New South Wales in Reproductive Medicine. She has published several papers and book chapters in the field, and previously received an academic prize from the Fertility Society of Australia for her work on embryo implantation. She was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 to further her specialty interest in the management of endometriosis.
In addition to working at Fertility Specialists, Dr Pontré holds an appointment as a member of the Endoscopy Unit at King Edward Memorial Hospital, and has a private gynaecology practice at Hollywood Private Hospital. She looks forward to the privilege of caring for you during your fertility journey.
Dr Ashley Makepeace
Dr Makepeace is an Endocrinologist, who trained locally and in Oxford, UK. She works in Endocrinology in Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals and privately.
Areas of interest include endocrine causes of infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, women’s health and type 1 diabetes.
Dr Makepeace is also a guest lecturer at Notre Dame University, Fremantle.
Dr Ben Kamien
Dr Kamien is a clinical geneticist. Clinical geneticists specialise in and diagnose rare genetic conditions and offer genetic counselling for individuals and families. Major advances in genetics allow various options for couples undergoing IVF treatment giving the possibility of avoiding having a child with a serious and rare condition.
Dr Kamien obtained his medical degree from the University of Western Australia. He trained in paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital and in clinical genetics in Queensland and New South Wales and he is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. His interests within clinical genetics practice include reproductive genetics, preconception genetic testing, dysmorphology, and overgrowth conditions.
Our team consists of professional fertility specialists, obstetricians, gynaecologists an endocrinologist and a geneticist, and is well-supported by a dedicated nursing team. We work on keeping our waiting lists short to make sure we can give you an appointment without waiting too long, unlike most bulk-billed clinics.
Your nursing team
Our Embryologists are highly trained scientists. They are responsible for maintaining the viability of your sperm, eggs and embryos. They take their responsibility very seriously and are fully aware that the cells in a culture dish today may become members of your family in the future.
They are professional and compassionate people. They have the very best technical skills, which matches their up-to-date scientific knowledge.
You will have contact with our Embryologists at various stages during your treatment cycle, particularly when we are growing your embryos. We encourage you to ask questions throughout your treatment. This will help you better understand the processes and the outcomes.
At Fertility Specialists of WA we have a dedicated Dietitian on our team to help support you on your journey.
Nick Nation is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian. He is the Director and Founder of Nutrition Nation PTY LTD, a nutrition consultancy delivering specialist individual nutrition consultations and corporate seminars across Australia.
Nick's specialist areas include weight management, fertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cardiovascular health, irritable bowel syndrome, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes and sports nutrition.
Before venturing into private practice, Nick was the National Heart Foundation (WA Division) Public Health Nutrition Manager and Diabetes WA’s Principal Health Consultant. Nick has also spent time as a sessional academic, teaching future nutritionists and dietitians at Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities.
Nick has over 10 years of professional speaking experience and is regularly invited to speak on a variety of nutrition topics designed to inform, motivate and entertain. He is also a regular guest on Channel 9 as their nutrition expert.
Your counselling team
At Fertility Specialists of WA we have a team of specialist counsellors who are available to support you throughout the entire treatment journey.
When issues with fertility arise, it is often likened to being on an emotional roller coaster ride. People’s reactions to undergoing fertility treatment are very individual – everyone copes in their own way and you are likely to experience different emotional reactions depending on the different phases of treatment.
There are several ways that you can feel more in control of the treatment process:
- Access accurate and evidence based information about your treatment options
- Be informed about normal reactions to infertility – you are not alone!
- Develop coping strategies that work for you
- Seek counselling support
Our counsellors have extensive experience in all areas of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and the implications this has for women and men. We are registered Psychologists, recognised Medicare providers and approved by the Reproductive Technology Council (RTC) to work in fertility clinics.
"Fertility Specialists of WA offers the following types of counselling services for individuals, couples and/or groups:
- Pre-treatment implications counselling
- Support Counselling
- Therapeutic counselling
- Donor Counselling (Egg, Sperm, Embryo)
- Patient Information sessions
- Follow up phone counselling
You can make an appointment with one of our counsellors at any time during your treatment by calling our reception staff."
Our approach is evidence-based. We keep up to date with the latest research.
We believe fertility treatment must be individual. You are not just another patient who should go through the same-old treatment as every other patient. Your treatment needs to be tailored to you.
Our team is extensive and consists of highly trained specialists, led by Professor Roger Hart.
Your reception team
Some practices may think the reception is merely where you check in and out of a clinic. But at Fertility Specialists of WA, we believe differently. We know reception is your first point of contact, and our receptionists will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. They will make sure the booking process is easy for you. They are there to help.
When visiting Fertility Specialists of WA, rest assured our entire team are qualified to help you start your journey towards parenthood.
We can’t wait to see you.
"Our receptionists are looking forward to welcoming you to our practice. We have endless warmth and support to offer you. We all share a passion for making sure you are ok"