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Westpac supports new IVF clinic for more women

26 October 2015

Corporate and media partners raise funds for new women’s fertility clinic.


An innovative business and philanthropic partnership between The Royal Hospital for Women and Harper’s BAZAAR magazine is seeking to raise $8 million for a new public fertility treatment and research facility and make the latest IVF treatments available to all Australians.

The inaugural fashion event called BAZAAR in Bloom is the idea of former lawyer, entrepreneur and current CEO of The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, Catherine Oates Smith and leading fashion journalist and commentator, Harper’s BAZAAR Editor in Chief Kellie Hush (pictured here with Ainslie Van Onselen Westpac Director Women's Markets Inclusion and Diversity - left).

Like the Met Ball in New York, BAZAAR in Bloom features an honorary celebrity and guests enjoy an exclusive and entertaining fashion parade of stunning one-off fashion designs created around a theme. The fashion created and worn by the models will also be featured in an exhibition in Sydney for several months.

The Westfield Group has donated space in its Bondi Shopping Centre for the exhibition.

The Merivale Group donated use of its Coogee Pavilion venue along with food and beverages for over 200 guests and support staff.

Westpac Women’s Markets purchased a table and Ainslie Van Onselen, Director of Women’s Markets, arranged prizes to raise funds. Westpac technology also facilitated the raffle tickets.

In the run-up to the event, and as part of Ainslie’s role as Director Inclusion and Diversity, she also hosted the first corporate IVF/Eggs Freezing education seminar with Professor Bill Ledger.

The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation CEO Catherine Oates Smith said, “The level of awareness, support and generosity shown by businesses in Australia has been overwhelming and will help guarantee the success of the event and our long term funding goals. Ultimately all our sponsors, like the hospital, all want to help improve the lives of Australian women and provide equal access to the best available medical services.”

The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation’s mission is to provide the significant support and financial assistance required to cover equipment, research and clinical services of The Royal Hospital for Women and the promotion of women’s health in the community. 

It is also the vision of The Foundation to put The Royal at the centre of a thought-leadership collaboration on women’s health and wellness education in the community, including the corporate community.

Why Sydney needs a public fertility clinic

The extremely limited number of public IVF and fertility service centres in Australia, has led to the near-privatisation of the services, rendering them accessible to only high socio-economic status families.

The Fertility Research Centre will be Australia’s first holistic centre for fertility, providing comprehensive IVF and assisted reproductive treatment, and services for all patients, regardless of socio-economic status.

The FRC will also allow cancer patients of all ages to store their fertility and to have biological children despite the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy; which would otherwise render them sterile.

The FRC will give these patients the gift of fertility through IVF and their embryos will also be checked against predispositions to cancer and other life-limiting disorders. This ground-breaking research will ensure that future children are not predisposed to such diseases.

Bazaar In Bloom Event