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.
Elizabeth, a parent of three donor-conceived adults born as a result of donor treatment in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, recounts her experience of early donor treatment and having donor-conceived children.
A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.
In the past twenty years egg freezing has been offered as an option to preserve fertility for women who are diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy that might affect their fertility. This is called ‘onco fertility preservation’ (OFP). Advances in egg freezing techniques in the last ten years have improved the chance of having a baby from frozen eggs. As a result, more and more women around the world now turn to egg freezing for non-medical reasons to guard against age-related fertility decline. This is called elective fertility preservation (EFP).
There are many opportunities in Victoria for people to find local egg or embryo donors. There are also people in the state who have eggs or embryos in storage who would like to find a person or couple to whom they would feel comfortable donating.
- 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
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.
What were the early days of donor conception like in Victoria? Here is a snapshot of the experience of a counsellor and parent from the Royal Women's Hospital. You may also be interested in the 2018 Louis Waller Lecture about the early days of donor conception in Victoria.