The Authority has responsibility under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 to undertake public education about treatment procedures and the best interests of children born as a result of treatment procedures.
VARTA provides independent accurate information about fertility, infertility and assisted reproductive treatment in a number of different ways. Our event formats are designed to help you understand donor-conception as well as exploring up-to-date current ART issues.
The group facilitates talking, sharing, thinking, listening, and provides an opportunity to mix with other donor-conceived adults.
Talking to your children about how you became a family with the help of a donor or surrogate
Despite growing use and acceptance of assisted reproductive treatment, parents may struggle with the question of whether to tell their children about their origins and how to go about talking to them. Run once a year, this popular seminar provides tips on how, when and what to communicate so that parents are empowered and children feel enriched by the unique way in which they came into this world.
Potential parents, parents, friends, family, donors and professionals are all welcome.
Documenting the story of how we became a family with the help of a donor or surrogate
Knowing what to say about how your family came to be can be a little daunting. However there are many creative ways to start the conversation early. Come along to a fun and interactive workshop with other parents and learn how to create your very own personal family storybook to share with your child.
We welcome parents who have used a donor or surrogate to create their family. Individuals or couples contemplating donor conception or surrogacy may also attend.
The Twilight seminar series is a flagship of the VARTA event calendar. The seminar is an opportunity to hear from key researchers and reproductive specialists as they shine a spotlight on issues of current interest in the field of fertility and ART.
This annual lecture series commemorates the significant contribution Emeritus Professor Louis Waller has made to the field of assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria. Through this annual lecture, which VARTA has hosted since 2010, guest speakers raise and discuss controversial issues and challenge our thinking on assisted reproductive treatment and other relevant fields. Previous Louis Waller Lectures have addressed a range of topics on areas concerning ART, fertility and the law.
Victoria was the first place in the world to pass laws governing assisted reproduction.
The aim of this group is to provide an opportunity for parents who have had a child using a donor egg or who are considering this option to share their experiences with one another.
Who facilitates the group?
The group is facilitated by Jacqueline Evans, Counsellor from VARTA.
When does the group meet?
The group meets one Thursday every other month from 10:00am until noon.
This group facilitates talking, sharing, thinking, listening, and provides an opportunity to mix with other solo mums and their donor conceived children – as well as those about to embark on their treatment journey.
Who facilitates this group?
Emily Hunter, Counsellor at VARTA, Leanne Haynes (single mum and secretary).
When does the group meet?
This group is normally held from 10am-12pm, one Saturday every other month, although the first meeting will be on a Tuesday from 2pm-4pm.
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What happens when people who are connected as a result of donor conception treatment learn each other’s identities, exchange information or meet? Join us to learn more about the latest research into donor linking and its outcomes and listen to the experiences of people who have been through the process.
The seminar will touch on the new legislation and it's implications. You will hear from: