IVF is a highly specialised and very expensive treatment. In Queensland, IVF is not available anywhere in the public sector so a trainee doctor will require separate training to gain experience and expertise in IVF. A doctor’s credentials provide guidance on whether that doctor has undertaken the additional training required for properly undertaking IVF. In Australia, these credentials are known as CREI, which stands for Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. CREI is conferred by the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and is proof that a doctor has undergone an extensive period (3 years and more) of sub-specialty training in IVF and all other aspects related to infertility management.
Prof Homer is one of only four CREI sub-specialists in Queensland. He is the only one who has also received REI sub-specialty accreditation from the UK’s Royal College of O&G. Prior to relocating to Australia, Prof Homer worked and trained at the Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health in London, the top IVF clinic in the UK. Added to this, Hayden has a PhD in fertility research into egg quality. He continues to undertake extensive research and directs Queensland’s first and only research lab dedicated to studying egg quality and developing new fertility treatments. Prof Homer therefore has a unique breadth of knowledge, experience and expertise required for maximising IVF success rates. Although he is a fully qualified Obstetrician with both the Australian and the UK Royal Colleges of O&G, Prof Homer has chosen to stop Obstetric practice so that he can commit 100% of his attention to meticulously managing his patients’ IVF cycles to ensure they have the best chance of success.