- 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
Oct 2019 - More women accessing low cost treatment
New donor conception laws were implemented in Victoria on 1 March 2017. This world-first legislation gives all people conceived in Victorian from egg and sperm donation the right to know their donor’s identity.
New regulations made under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations 2019 (the new regulations), start on December 13, 2019, and replace the earlier regulations which will no longer operate.
The new regulations expand the costs that can be reimbursed to a surrogate and include:
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.
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.
Victoria's sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones
At least half of the donors who had donated anonymously were in favour of their offspring being able to know their identity. Shutterstock
Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology speaks on the topic, 'Why do people apply to the donor conception registers?' at the Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' hosted by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.