Meet Dr Bill Watkins
Widely respected for his expertise in fertility, Bill is dedicated to helping his patients achieve their dream of having a family.
Bill followed his father’s pioneering work in IVF, joining the TasIVF practice in 1996 after working extensively in gynaecology and reproductive medicine in Hobart and Melbourne. As Clinical Director of TasIVF, he is committed to giving all Tasmanians access to the latest fertility treatment techniques and the very best of care. He is also the only CREI qualified fertility specialist in Tasmania.
As Senior Registrar at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, during the 1990s Bill was responsible for the IVF program. and was also involved in establishing one of Australia’s first (and largest) intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) programs to overcome issues with male fertility.
Bill puts his patients at ease with his confident, friendly and open approach. Having raised children of his own, he understands the desire to have a family and sees it as his role to give as many people as possible a chance at this.
As the leading fertility specialist at TasIVF for many years, Bill has specialist skills across all aspects of male and female infertility. He takes a hands-on role with every aspect of patient care, from consulting and scans, to egg pick ups and embryo transfers. In the process he gets to know his patients extremely well and sees himself as a partner in their journey at an important period in their lives.
Bill completed his Bachelor of Medical Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Tasmania in 1985 and in 1995 he received his fellowship to the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (FRANCOG). He was one of the first Australian specialists to obtain a Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) qualification in 1996 and received several prizes during his academic studies.
He has also been widely published in medical journals on cases involving the use of ICSI and on laparoscopic surgery.