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Louis Waller Lecture

Due to COVID-19, a date has not yet been set for this event in 2021. We will provide updates on this page in future. 

This lecture series commemorates the significant contribution the late Emeritus Professor Louis Waller made to the field of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in Victoria. Every year guest speakers are invited to discuss controversial issues and ideas that challenge our thinking on fertility, ART and the law. 

About Emeritus Professor Louis Waller AO (1935-2019)

Among his many achievements, Professor Louis Waller was instrumental in setting up world-first legislation during the 1980s to regulate the use of ART in Victoria. His framework (the Infertility (Medical Procedures) Act 1984) prioritised the interests of people using fertility medicine and the children born as a result.  

Professor Waller went on to chair the Standing Review Advisory Committee on Infertility, and in 1995 he became the inaugural chair of the Infertility Treatment Authority – the organisation that preceded VARTA. Professor Waller also chaired the first review of the Act during his time at the Victorian Law Reform Commission. 
One of Professor Waller's most significant contributions was the establishment of a register to record and preserve information about donors and pregnancies, so that donor-conceived people could discover their origins. Every day VARTA staff witness the enormous impact this register has on people's lives.  

You can read Monash University’s obituary for Professor Waller here.  

Previous Louis Waller lectures




2018  A look back on the early days of donor conception in Victoria Professor Louis Waller
2016 The child's right to know and family law orders Chief Judge John Pascoe


Parenting begins before conception

Professor Sarah Robertson


‘Eggsurance’ – False hope or sensible fertility planning?
The pros and cons of egg freezing for social reasons

Professor Catherine Waldby, Professor Martha Hickey, and Dr Devora Lieberman


'Both sides of the coin'
A conversation starter on the issue of remuneration for donors and surrogates

Professor Jenni Millbank and Dr Sonia Allan


Crossing borders for fertility care: Where should the line be drawn?

Professor Eric Blyth


Investing in the earliest start to life

Professor Rob Norman


“Reproductive Horizons” 

Professor Jock Findlay


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