About Andrology

  • The Andrology laboratory is NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited (since 1989) to perform diagnostic testing on human semen and sperm banking. The laboratory is staffed by a team of experienced and dedicated medical scientists who are members of either the Medical Scientists Association of Victoria (MSAV) and/or the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT).The Scientist in Charge, Associate Professor Gary Clarke has had more than 30 years experience in Andrology and has made significant contributions to the scientific literature in Reproductive Medicine. Gary has been a NATA Assessor for Medical Testing since 1999 and is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Science of The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FFSc,RCPA) and Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (FQA).

    The Andrology laboratory performs more than 2,000 diagnostic tests and 400 sperm banking procedures annually. The diagnostic tests include semen analysis and sperm antibody assays required by doctors for the medical evaluation of couples presenting with infertility. Sperm banking is performed for couples having IVF treatment, prior to vasectomy or for younger men who are about to undergo cancer treatment which can have detrimental effects on sperm production.

    Ongoing research in the Andrology Unit is aimed at improving our diagnostic semen analysis and our knowledge about the role of sperm immunity in infertility.