Had a dodgy IVF experience? Now you can tell your story

The Commissioner heading up an enquiry into dodgy IVF practices in Victoria wants to hear from people who are unhappy with their experiences.

Victorians who believe they have been victims of unethical IVF practices have been invited to make submissions to the enquiry, being headed up by Health Complaints Commissioner Karen Cusack.

Between February 1, 2017 and March 31, 2019, Commissioner Cusak received 56 complaints about assisted reproductive treatment services.

She also received around 83 separate issues, mostly to do with inappropriate treatment, access to treatment and communication.

The inquiry follows a review of Assisted Reproductive Services, which looked into the adequacy of safeguards to protect people using, or intending to use, assisted reproductive treatment.

This followed reports of people being duped by dodgy operators, including one doctor who allegedly knowingly transferred an unviable embryo into a patient.

The enquiry will be excepting submissions until August 16 and they can be confidential.

The final report expected to be delivered to the government by the end of the year.

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