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Emeritus Professor
Department of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
Research summary
Reproduction and infertility


Wayne was appointed to the staff in 1983 having worked in London for four years after gaining his specialist degree. He was awarded his MD in 1990 on the ultrastructure of the ovarian surface epithelium, work that had its beginnings in London.

Wayne's major clinical interest is in infertility, reproductive surgery, and persistent pain. His current research interests are in surgical nerve injury, chronic pelvic pain and infertility outcome.

Other interests

  • Medical Director of Fertility Associates Dunedin.
  • Member of New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Selected publications

  • Gillett, W. R., Peek, J. C., & Herbison, G. P. (2012). Development of clinical priority access criteria for assisted reproduction and its evaluation on 1386 infertile couples in New Zealand. Human Reproduction, 27(1), 131-141. doi: 10.1093/humrep/der372
  • Daniels, K., Gillett, W., & Grace, V. (2009). Parental information sharing with donor insemination conceived offspring: A follow-up study. Human Reproduction, 24(5), 1099-1105. doi: 10.1093/humrep/den495
  • Gillett, W. R., Clarke, R. H., & Herbison, G. P. (1997). First and subsequent pregnancies after tubal microsurgery: evaluation of the fertility index. Fertility & Sterility, 68(6), 1033-1042
  • Gillett, W.R., Mitchell, A. and Hurst P.R. A scanning electron microscopic study of the human ovarian surface epithelium - characterisation of 2 cell types (1991). Human. Reprod. 6:645-650
  • Gillett, W.R., James, C., Jetha, N. and McComb, P (1994). Removal of the ovarian surface epithelium from the rabbit ovary - a cause of ovarian adhesions following a standard injury. Human Reprod 9:497-500


Gillett, W. R. (2022). Endometriosis and other pelvic pain: Time to treat the symptoms not the assumptions. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 62, E1. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13448 Journal - Research Other

Righarts, A., Dickson, N. P., Ekeroma, A., Gray, A. R., Parkin, L., & Gillett, W. R. (2021). The burden of infertility in New Zealand: A baseline survey of prevalence and service use. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 61(3), 439-447. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13323 Journal - Research Article

Chua, S. J., Danhof, N. A., Mochtar, M. H., van Wely, M., McLernon, D. J., Custers, I., … Gillett, W. R., Righarts, A., … van Eekelen, R. (2020). Age-related natural fertility outcomes in women over 35 years: A systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 35(8), 1808-1820. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deaa129 Journal - Research Article

Righarts, A., Osborne, L., Connor, J., & Gillett, W. (2018). The prevalence and potential determinants of dysmenorrhoea and other pelvic pain in women: A prospective study. BJOG, 125(12), 1532-1539. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15247 Journal - Research Article

Gillett, W. (2017). Infertility. In C. Farquhar & H. Roberts (Eds.), Introduction to obstetrics and gynaecology. (4th ed.) (pp. 181-189). Auckland, New Zealand: Nurture Foundation. Chapter in Book - Research

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