Resources

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:

Published: July 2015
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

New teaching resource increases the scope of sexuality education

MEDIA RELEASE

21 July 2015

A ground-breaking new sexuality teaching resource has been launched today by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and Family Planning Victoria (FPV).

The Fertility and Assisted Reproduction: Teaching Module expands the remit of sexuality education in schools to information about fertility, donor conception and assisted reproductive treatment (ART), including IVF, donor conception and surrogacy.

Published: November 2018
Fertility & infertility, Donor conception

New teaching resource shakes up Sex Ed in Victoria

Headline: New teaching resource shakes up Sex Ed in Victoria

Victorian sexual and reproductive health education is undergoing a transformation with the launch tomorrow of new teaching resources for schools at the annual conference of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc in Melbourne.

Published: September 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Headline: No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Since the first IVF baby was born some 40 years ago, more than 7 million people have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. Studies have shown that babies born after ART are more likely to be born prematurely and to weigh less at birth, and they have a slightly greater risk of birth defects. However, by the time they become adults, research has shown that they are just healthy as other people. 

Published: September 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Headline: No long-term effects of IVF on genetic make-up

Since the first IVF baby was born some 40 years ago, more than 7 million people have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. Studies over the years have shown that babies born after ART are more likely to be born prematurely and to weigh less at birth, and they have a slightly greater risk of birth defects. However, by the time they become adults, research has previously shown that they are just healthy as other people. 

Published: August 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

Headline: One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

IVF is often a last resort for women and couples who have tried for a long time to get pregnant. Of those who try IVF, only about half have a baby as a result of treatment. But new research shows that within five years of ending IVF, whether they were successful or not, about one in six women have a baby without IVF.

Published: February 2020
Fertility & infertility

People don't mind their GP asking about pregnancy plans

People don’t mind their GP popping the question: ‘Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?’

The health of people before they conceive and when they conceive affects the health of their pregnancy and the health of their child. That's why it’s important for people who want a baby to be as heathy as possible before they start trying.

Fertility & infertility

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association

POSAA is an Australia wide support group for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as well as their families. 

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

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)

Among embryos created in a laboratory some have too many and some have too few chromosomes. This is called aneuploidy.  Embryos can also have genetic defects which can cause health problems in a child. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is used to select embryos with the right number of chromosomes and those that do not have defective genes. There are two types of PGT:

Published: December 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Preparing yourself for difficult situations during the festive season

Headline: Preparing yourself for difficult situations during the festive season

While the festive season can be wonderful, it can also be challenging if you’ve been trying for a baby for a while without success.

Spending time with family and friends who are pregnant or have young families can be difficult if you have been struggling to get pregnant. While we can share in other people’s joy, their success can make your waiting feel longer and more painful.

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