Denise Donati co-owns and directs Fertility Solutions, an IVF clinic with locations on the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg regions of Queensland. Denise is a registered nurse and is involved with Fertility Nurse Education Programs all over the world.
What do you do for work?
I am a registered nurse and co-owner and director of Fertility Solutions. I have worked in assisted reproduction since 1992.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
I started my fertility career as a nurse/midwife working for a private obstetrician/gynaecologist in Launceston, Tasmania, who had a fertility arm to his business that included donor insemination, ovulation induction, and intra uterine insemination. I took an immediate interest in this fascinating field and before I knew it the doctor had passed total control of these aspects of his practice over to me and I never looked back.
In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
My passion is to make a difference in the experience patients receive when they attend one of our clinics. I don’t see patients as a number, but rather take pride in having established clinics that are not your typical fertility treatment centres.
We’ve created a relaxed, home-like environment where our patients feel completely comfortable the minute they walk through the door. Being a boutique-sized clinic allows our staff to be dedicated to their fertility treatment and for our patients to feel like they are receiving a high level of personal care.
What do you do for recreation?
I enjoy entertaining family and friends; spending time at my beautiful home with my two wonderful children and, when I get the opportunity, indulging in local and overseas travel.
If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I’d love to return for a visit to Cambridge, where I completed the Bourn Hall Nurses Course in 2005.
Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
Aussie rules football, of course!
Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
I would have to say it was the private obstetrician/gynaecologist in Launceston, Tasmania, I worked with at the start of my career as a nurse/midwife.
Under this doctor’s supervision, my skill set grew along with my fascination. When I was given the authority to run the fertility aspects of his practice, I felt I had grown in confidence and in the ability to manage it all. This helped inspire me to co-open my own clinic.
What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
Australia is big. It’s a huge continent. Choose what you would like to see and plan your itinerary so you aren’t spending most of your time in transit.
What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
Where are the kangaroos? I guess tourists assume they roam the streets here!
How can people reach you?
We operate a few websites for our clinics, I can be contacted using those links: