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Published: April 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

2018 Louis Waller Lecture looks back on the early days of donor conception in Victoria

Headline: 2018 Louis Waller Lecture looks back on the early days of donor conception in Victoria

More than 160 people attended the 2018 Louis Waller Lecture, ‘Looking back: the early days of donor conception in Victoria’, making it VARTA’s largest Louis Waller Lecture to date.

The evening, launched by the Victorian Minister for Health the Hon Jill Hennessy MP by video, and compèred by VARTA Chairperson Kirsten Mander, was particularly special because the keynote speech was delivered by Emeritus Professor Waller himself.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

A couple's successful IVF treatment

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

 

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Published: November 2015
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

A donor's wife's perspective

I have always known that my husband was a sperm donor while at university in the 70s.

It was undertaken on a strictly confidential basis and over the years we really did not give it much of a thought.

All this changed when my husband saw an advertisement in a National newspaper announcing that sperm donor children now had the right to find out who their biological fathers were and asked for people to come forward if they felt they wanted to assist in this process.

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Published: September 2016
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Donor conception

A gift from the heart: why we can't pay donors

For people seeking to create a family using donor eggs or sperm, it is important to understand the laws governing the process; and in particular, to know that, in Australia, donations can only be made on an altruistic basis – in other words, donors cannot be paid for use of their eggs or sperm.

Following Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes investigation Baby Business, broadcast on Sunday 18 September, it appears that confusion exists about this issue and the way in which the law defines payment.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

A male perspective on IVF treatment

Ben talks about the effects of IVF and coping strategies.

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

A man's perspective on a future without children

The journey through IVF treatment brings many emotions to the surface. Couples who undertake the journey are often taken by surprise by the demands that IVF can make. Success and failure are always possibilities. In this program we hear about Alister's disappointment that is not often talked about but can be a very real part of the IVF journey. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Alister's experience is not universal, it is his story. This podcast is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice. 

Published: June 2015
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

A right to know your identity - Victorian Government's committment

The Victorian Labour Government is committed to giving all donor-conceived people the right to access identifying information about their donors regardless of when they were born.

Proposed measures are outlined in a discussion paper released 29 June, 2015.

 

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Published: June 2015
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception register services

A right to know your identity discussion paper

Headline: A right to know your identity discussion paper

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper, ‘A Right to Know Your Identity’, which outlines how the proposed changes will work in practice.

It details how donor-conceived people will be able to apply for information, how contact preferences will apply, and how donors and donor-conceived people will be supported through this process.

 

 

Author: VARTA
Published: September 2016
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

A statistical snapshot of data from the donor registers

The Victorian donor registers consist of the Central Register and the Voluntary Register.  Both registers were managed by the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  The Registrar provided VARTA with data for the period of 30 June 2016 from the donor registers for monitorin and public education purposes. A statistical snapshot of the numbers of people who have accessed the Central Register and Voluntary Register, as well as some information about their applications is provided for download.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

A women's perspective on a future without children

The journey through IVF treatment brings many emotions to the surface. Couples who undertake the journey are often taken by surprise by the demands that IVF can make. Success and failure are always possibilities. In this program we hear about Anne's disappointment that is not often talked about but can be a very real part of the IVF journey. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Anne's experience is not universal, it is her story. This podcast is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice. 

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