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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.

 

Published: June 2015
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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.

 

 

Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

ACCC finds IVF clinics providing misleading information on success rates

Headline: ACCC finds IVF clinics providing misleading information on success rates

Five traps to be aware of when reading success rates on IVF clinic websites.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

BioNews

BioNews aims to provide accurate, balanced and timely news and comment on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. 

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Can acupuncture improve chance of IVF success?

Headline: Can acupuncture improve chance of IVF success?

IVF treatment is a last resort for people who struggle to have children. The treatment is physically, emotionally and financially demanding and only about a quarter of couples have a baby after one treatment cycle.

In an attempt to increase IVF success among patients, researchers from Western Sydney University ran a study using acupuncture around the time of hormone stimulation and again at the time of embryo transfer.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Changes to Victorian donor conception laws implemented and more to come

2014 amendments

Pre 1988 donor-conceived people can now apply for information about their donors following the implementation the 2014 amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 on 29th June.

The changes to the laws mean that all donor-conceived people, regardless of when they were conceived, can apply to the donor registers for information about their donor. Information will be provided if records can be located and the donor consents to the release of their identifying information.

Published: September 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA

Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria

Headline: Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria
  • The number of IVF treatment cycles using a patient's own (thawed) frozen eggs - frozen for social or medical reasons - more than doubles in two years in Victoria
  • Victorian ICSI use declines, but still well above the national average
  • Sperm donor numbers increase but clinics remain unable to meet demand
Published: August 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Regulation

Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

Headline: Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

The Victorian Government wants to hear your views and experiences about the way assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is provided in Victoria.

Your input will inform a review of Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 and help shape changes and improve services for all Victorians who may need assisted reproductive treatment in the future. 

Published: December 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

Leading researchers and reproductive specialists discussed current research into whether we can create human sperm and eggs from stem cells and what this could mean for assisted reproductive laboratories and clinical practice in the future at the 2015 Twilight Seminar: Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Is ICSI better than IVF? It depends

Research shows that IVF is just as effective as the ICSI procedure, where sperm is injected directly into an egg, when there is no male infertility factor. Cumulative live birth rates in Victoria were similar for IVF and ICSI in these circumstances.

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