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Donor conception

Telling your child they were conceived using donor embryos

Karen tells of having her children Sarah and William using donor embryos.

Author: Louise Johnson
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

The 'Right to Know' legislation a year on

Louise Johnson, CEO of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) speaks on the topic, 'The "Right to Know" legislation a year on' at the VARTA Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Author: Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria  was prepared for VARTA by Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. The report was supported by the Victorian Government.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Headline: The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Changes to legislation governing donor conception in Victoria mean that on 1 March 2017, the state’s donor conception registers moved from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to VARTA.

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Donor conception

The value of having information about your donor

Brin found that as her kids reached 10 to 11 years of age they began to ask many questions about their donor. Unfortunately, as she had used an anonymous donor she can’t answer these. In retrospect she wishes she had used an identity-released donor and urges people considering donation to think about the normal questions their child is likely to ask and to use a donor whose identity can be known to the child.

Donor conception

Thinking of using donor sperm, eggs or embryos?

This brochure covers:

  • The implications of having a child using donor sperm, eggs or embryos
  • What are your rights and responsibilities as a parent?
Published: October 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, About VARTA, Regulation

Thousands of women using low cost treatment

There’s been a surge in the number of women using low cost fertility treatment, the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s 2019 annual report shows.

In 2018-19, 12,940 women received fertility treatment in Victoria. Of this number, 2,339 received treatment at low cost clinics – a 22 per cent increase from the previous year.

Author: VARTA
Published: October 2016
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Donor conception

Time to tell

We're here to help you talk to your donor-conceived children about how you became a family.

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

Twilight seminar - Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

Headline: Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

VARTA's 2018 twilight seminar explored what happens when people who are connected as a result of donor conception treatment learn each other’s identities, exchange information or meet. The sold out event, held on 9 July, examined the latest research into donor linking and its outcomes and listened to the experiences of people who have been through the process.

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

Twilight seminar - The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Headline: The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

VARTA's 2019 twilight seminar explored the rise of direct-to-consumer DNA testing and how more people are finding out they are not genetically related to family members in the way they always thought. 

The sold out event held on 17 June, examined how DNA testing is also being used together with genealogy and internet searches to trace donors and donor siblings. As this becomes more affordable, more people are accessing it, increasing the chance of connections and these trends have major implications for donor-conceived people, their parents and donors

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