The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (the Act) requires that a person must not bring donor gametes, or embryos produced from donor gametes, into Victoria, or take them from Victoria, except with the written approval of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA). In addition, section 36 of the Act requires that those gametes or embryos taken from Victoria be used in a manner consistent with a purpose for which they could be used in Victoria.
Several positions are available on VARTA's board. The Minister for Health, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP, is inviting applications for the positions. Applications must be received by 24 April 2016.
The Minister for Health, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP, is inviting applications for appointment to the Patient Review Panel (PRP). Applications must be received by 11 May 2016.
The Patient Review Panel is one of number of organisations with responsibility for administering aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008.
The article discusses legal and ethical issues related to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in Australia. The legislation governing ART in the country include the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 and the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002. It tackles preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), egg freezing technology and posthumous use of gametes or embryos. Surrogacy arrangements are allowed under certain circumstances in Western Australia and Victoria.
The field of assisted reproductive treatment is filled with technical terms and acronyms. Here is a list of some common terms you may come across.
The Australian Donor Conception Network are a group of people who offer each other mutual moral support for our journeys of donor conception.
The Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN) aims to provide a vibrant online presence for people within the Australian Jewish community who may be experiencing infertility or would like more information on the issue of fertility. AJFN provides resources, information and offers both financial and emotional support to couples struggling with infertility.
Linking donor conceived people with donors is new territory with a wide variety of relationships created from those linkages.
Objectives: To investigate the characteristics of parents and intended parents and their current and planned behaviour in relation to surrogacy arrangements.
Design, setting and participants: Members of two Australian parenting support forums who were considering surrogacy or were currently or previously in a surrogacy arrangement were invited to complete an online survey during July 2013.
Couples describe the IVF treatment program as a journey with a lot of emotion. It can last for many months, even years. The emotional journey that Anne undertook had her balancing hopes against the realities. It became a struggle that often looked bleak.