ANZICA

ANZICA fulfils an important role in representing the views of infertility counsellors both to the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC), The Fertility Society of Australia and the New Zealand Infertility Society. It is essential that counsellors have a voice in the field of Reproductive Technology both as advocates for the clients and for the potential unborn child.

ANZICA History

The Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA) was formed in Canberra in 1989 by a group of 10 infertility counsellors, social workers and psychologists attending the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) annual meeting. Since then, ANZICA membership has expanded to include well over 150 members from every State and Territory of Australia and across New Zealand and is the largest professional association for infertility counsellors in these countries.
ANZICA fertility counselling
 

ANZICA Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

ANZICA strives to promote a high standard of counselling for individuals affected by infertility issues. In doing so ANZICA counsellors strive to support and benefit those individuals with whom they work, including the welfare and best interests of any potential unborn child.

Our Objectives

ANZICA has several primary roles:

  • Provide a structure to promote the particular interests of infertility counsellors;

  • Promote the recognition and understanding of counselling and the counseling process in the context of infertility;

  • Promote education and training of counsellors in the area of infertility;

  • Undertake research leading to an understanding of the counselling needs of infertile people and improve the effectiveness of counselling services for members;

  • Provide ethical guidance to its members;

  • Maintain regular communication to members;

  • Be a consultative group on issues pertaining to infertility; and

  • Actively cooperate with other organisations with allied aims and objectives.
 

ANZICA Ethics

Practice Principles of:

  • Beneficence and nonmaleficence
  • Professional integrity
  • Practice competence
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Legal rights
  • Conscientious objections

Client Based Principles of:

  • Respect for human dignity and worth
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Informed consent
  • Best interests of the child
  • Duty of care
  • Conflict of interest

ANZICA Membership

Membership Fees

FSA + ANZICA

All the membership benefits of the FSA, including discounted registration to the national conference

Maintaining a register of fertility counsellors in Australia and NZ, and a separate register of private practice fertility counsellors in Australia and NZ

Electing a fertility counsellor representative for RTAC Council and FSA Board

Networking between fertility counsellors in Australia, NZ and overseas

Keep up to date through access to the ANZICA closed group Facebook page

Access to our website based newsletter

Two national workshops per year, with discounted registration

Access to local and online educational and networking events throughout the year

Encourage and promote the art and practice of evidence based fertility counselling

Access to ANZICA's comprehensive guidelines for fertility counselling practice

Co-ordinated representation in the development of submissions to government enquiries and fertility practice reviews, ensuring proper consideration of psychosocial issues related to fertility and inclusion of the voice of fertility counsellors

No additional fee
  • FSA $150/year + ANZICA $0

Membership Downloads

Membership Secretary

ANZICA Events

How does it feel? – ANZICA Professional Development Day 2020

When?
Saturday 28 March 2020
Where?
Crown Perth, Western Australia
Time?
9.00am to 5.00pm (Registration opens at 8.30am). Followed by optional Dinner (partners welcome)
Cost?

Members $110.00
Non Members $220.00
(includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

ANZICA Professional Development Day 2021

When?
Saturday 27 March 2021
Where?
Crown Perth, Western Australia
Time?

The 2020 ANZICA Professional Development Day to be held in Perth in March was postponed due to COVID-19.

The 2021 Professional Development Day will be held at Crown Perth on 27 March 2021.

Further information will be available later this year.

Cost?

Private Practice Counsellors

The current committee members are:

 

Kate Bourne

 

Cailin Jordan

 

Marlene Mina

 

Melissa Stephens

 

Antonia Clissa

 

Anne Ott

 

Rebecca Kerner

 

Iolanda Rodino

 

Narelle Dickinson

 

Cal Volks

 

Sally Ann Heaney