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 rise of direct-to-consumer DNA testing means more people are finding out they are not genetically related to family members in the way they always thought. Some are matching with strangers whose relationship to them may be described as parent or half sibling.
DNA testing is also being used together with genealogy and internet searches to trace donors and donor siblings. As this becomes more affordable, more people are accessing it, increasing the chance of connections.
The group facilitates talking, sharing, thinking, listening, and provides an opportunity to mix with other donor-conceived adults.
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?
A counsellor at VARTA, Leanne Haynes (single mum and secretary).
When does the group meet?
This group is held from 10am-12pm, on the following Saturdays.
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 Wednesday every other month from 12 noon until 2pm.
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.