Benefits of Membership

Education & Professional Development

  • Attend two subsidised SIRT meetings each year. The Mid-Year Meeting is usually held over a weekend and is aimed at making attendance at a professional meeting available to all members. The One-Day Meeting is associated with the FSA Annual Scientific Meeting. Generally SIRT Members pay around 45% of actual cost of the meeting with SIRT Sponsorship covering the rest.

  • Admission to the professional CPD scheme APACE (Acknowledgement of Continuing Education) run by AIMS (the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists), to record and recognise continuing education, formal courses and a wide range of professional activities contributing to professional growth.

  • Apply for professional certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Technician via the Australian Council for Certification of the Medical Laboratory Scientific Workforce (ACCMLSW), of which FSA/SIRT is a founding member.

  • Download the SIRT Embryology Training Manual & Log book, a valuable resource for training and competency assessment of IVF scientists.

  • Free or heavily discounted access to local educational events arranged by regional SIRT representatives, aimed at increasing education as well as fostering regional networking with other members and sponsors.

  • Financial support (Travel Stipend) for a selection of Early Career Scientists to attend the mid-year SIRT Meeting to present their research in a designated session. The winner’s prize is a stipend to attend the FSA Annual Conference.

  • Journal-based learning opportunities included in the SIRT Newsletter.

Information & Communication

  • Access to the members only areas of the SIRT website

  • Regular updates through the quarterly SIRT Newsletter, SIRT Quarterly.

  • SIRTMail for regular and ad hoc information, communication and networking opportunities as well as upcoming events and job advertisements. Any SIRT member can post information or ask for advice or help.

  • Access to the 'People of SIRT' Facebook group for regular updates, communication and networking.

Representation & Advocacy

SIRT Members are formally represented by elected and nominated SIRT Members on:

  • FSA Board

  • RTAC, the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee of the FSA

  • NATA-MTAAC,  NATA’s Medical Testing Accreditation Advisory Committee

  • ACCMLSW Board, the Australian Council for the Certification of the Medical Laboratory Scientific Workforce

  • Representation at AIMS on the APACE Committee as well as providing assessors for Immigration Assessment of IVF Scientists

All these bodies decide the legislation, regulations, guidelines and Codes of Practice under which our profession (IVF Scientists: Embryologists, Andrologists, Geneticists, Biochemists) will function. Formal SIRT representation is critical for us to direct, promote and enhance our profession.

Regional representation to address the specific needs of each region (NZ, Tas, Vic, NSW, Qld, WA, SA/NT, ACT)

Become involved

Any SIRT Member can volunteer their time, skills, expertise, experience and enthusiasm in the following areas:

  • Nominate for a position on the SIRT Committee when places are available for re-election

  • Join one of the SIRT sub-committees that are formed on an ad-hoc basis as required

  • Volunteer to become (or assist) the SIRT Regional Representative for your area

  • Become a member of the Local Organising Committee when a SIRT Meeting is hosted in your city

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