Our Scientists

Offering you the best chance of having a baby

As part of the broader IVFAustralia network, at Hunter IVF we can offer a range of advanced scientific techniques and treatments.

Some of the advanced scientific techniques available to our patients include:

Digital High Magnification, a specialised assessment that assists in cases of severe male infertility, enabling scientists to select the best sperm, overcoming issues cuased by spoerm with high levels of DNA fragmentation. 

Oosight technology, which gives scientists the ability to determine if the genetic materials is visible in the egg, where the genetic material is in the egg, and which eggs may have the best pregnancy potential prior to fertilisation using intracytoplasmic sperm injection; and

Advanced Embryo Selection (Array Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis) a new technique to screen all chromosomes in a developing embryo, with overnight results, allowing selection and transfer of the embryo with the greatest likelihood of IVF success.

Hunter IVF’s in-house laboratory provides embryology and andrology diagnostic services. This means you can receive almost all the treatments and testing you need in one convenient location.


Andrology and diagnostic services are carried out at Hunter IVF’s specialist laboratory, in NATA accredited facilities.

We are able to offer our patients a range of tests such as:

  • Semen analysis to check quality, quantity and efficacy of sperm;
  • Testicular Biopsy and surgical sperm collection
  • Sperm freezing for patients undergoing cancer treatment
  • Sperm DNA fragmentation testing to assess the level of genetic material fragmentation in sperm
  • Digital High Magnification is the advanced technique to view and select sperm most likely to produce a viable pregnancy


Our specialist embryology laboratory at the Hunter IVF Clinic, on the John Hunter Hospital grounds in New Lambton Heights, is accredited by the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) and operates seven days a week.

This is where we perform a full range of treatment services including:

  • In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Embryo culture and assessment
  • Embryo freezing (cryopreservation)
  • Freezing of eggs for medical and social reasons
  • Assessment and preparation of sperm prior to use in ART treatment. 

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Our world-class genetic testing Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) program is available to patients at Hunter IVF, and can be of great benefit to couples carrying a serious genetic disease, at risk of producing embryos with specific genetic abnormalities.

The technique involves removing one or two cells from a day 3 embryo and testing them for chromosomal abnormalities. The biopsy can be performed by Hunter IVF scientists and the embryonic cells are sent to our specialist genetic testing centre, so you have access to the highest level of expertise locally.

Managing the science behind our success rates

Dr Simon Cooke is our Scientific Director and is responsible for all our laboratories in NSW.

He has worked in and managed embryo and sperm laboratories for over 20 years, and ensures new and emerging techniques are applied to our clinical embryology and andrology services to continually improve outcomes for our patients.

Dr Cooke works closely with local Laboratory Supervisor Katherine Nixon ensure the highest standard of training, operational performance, auditing and compliance are delivered by the experienced Hunter IVF scientific team.

During a treatment you can talk with our scientists regarding the development and growth of your embryos as they work closely with the Hunter IVF fertility specialists and nursing team on your care.

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