Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:30

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:

  • Joanna Scheib, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of California, Davis and The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC), Berkeley - 'Lessons learnt from 10 years of linking'

  • Louise Johnson, CEO, Victoria Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) -'The right to know legislation: a year on' 

  • Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology - 'Why do people apply to the donor conception registers?'

  • A panel of donor-conceived people, recipient parents and donors with experience of donor-linking


When: Monday 9 July 5.30pm – 7.30pm (refreshments will be served from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start)

Where: Russell Kennedy, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street Melbourne

Cost: Tickets $30 (students $10)


Members of general public and health or legal professionals are welcome to attend. 

This event is brought to you by VARTA

For more information please contact the event coordinator, Renee de Silva at [email protected] or call 03 8622 0512



Russell Kennedy Lawyers

469 La Trobe Street
MelbourneMelbourne City, Victoria 3000