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

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and its possible effects on health

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used for the same reasons as IVF, but especially to overcome sperm problems. Essentially, ICSI follows the same process as IVF, except ICSI involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg to achieve fertilisation.

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Fertility & infertility

Investing in the earliest start to life

Presented by Professor Rob Norman, Director, The Robinson Institute, Adelaide, 2011 at the annual Louis Waller Lecture.

The lecture focused on the importance of pre-conception health, dangers to the embryo in its early stages of development, and the risk factors of obesity, smoking, environmental agents, age and occupation. Professor Norman also discussed risks and opportunities for earliest life, personal and community interventions, implications for assisted reproductive treatment units and the need for research in this area.

Professor Norman was able to visit Melbourne thanks to Your Fertility, an initiative funded through the Family Planning Grants Program of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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.

Published: January 2019
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Jenny Blood: the early days of donor conception at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne

Author: Dr Joanna Scheib
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Lessons learnt from ten years of linking

Joanna Scheib, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of California, Davis and The Sperm Bank of California (TSBC), Berkeley presents 'Lessons learnt from 10 years of linking' at the Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' hosted by

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Author: Marjorie Solomon
Published: September 2015
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Fertility & infertility

Louis Waller lecture 2015: Parenting begins before conception

‘Parenting begins before conception’ was the title of the Louis Waller Lecture 2015, delivered by Professor Sarah Robertson from The Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, on 3 September.

Addressing an audience of more than 100 people, Professor Robertson discussed her research findings that lifestyle and environmental factors for both parents in the months leading up to conception can directly impact on the health of a child at birth and into adulthood, and the so-called ‘epigenetic’ mechanisms involved.

Fertility & infertility

Maybe later baby

A guide to fertility for young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  

This free book provides honest, clear and accurate information to help you understand your fertility options before and after treatment, allowing you to make decisions about your fertility at the time that is right for you.

Published: October 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

Media Releases

Published: April 2017
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Regulation

New guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment in Australia

Headline: New guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment in Australia

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in Australia.

The Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017  provides updated national ethical guidance for ART use in a clinical setting, addressing a number of complex ethical issues including:

Published: December 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

New regulations starting December 2019

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:

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