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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Surrogacy, Regulation

Patient Review Panel

The Patient Review Panel (the Panel) was established under part 9 of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (ART Act). The ART Act was passed in the Victorian Parliament on 4 December 2008 and came into operation on 1 January 2010.

The functions of the Panel are to consider:

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Possible health effects of IVF

This brochure was developed with the help from experts in the IVF field.  In the hands of experts, IVF procedures are safe and medical complications are rare. But as with all medical procedures, there are some possible health effects. This brochure provides an overview of the possible physical and emotional health effects of IVF for men and women, and outcomes for children born as a result of treatment. The information refers to IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Pre-implantation genetic testing explained brochure
Author: VARTA
Published: July 2019
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Pre-implantation genetic testing explained

This brochure is intended as a general introduction to preimplantation genetic testing (PGT): what it is, how it is done, the reasons for doing PGT, and advantages and disadvantages of PGT.  It should not be seen as a substitute for advice from doctors or other health professionals. Information contained in this brochure was correct at the time of writing however as PGT is a rapidly advancing technology it is important to check information with your fertility specialist.

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.

Published: July 2019
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Prof Daniel Roos - DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Professor Daniel Roos, shares his experience as sperm donor who was contacted by his donor offspring as a result of DNA detective work at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.
 
 
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Pros and cons of egg freezing for social reasons

Eggsurance - false hope or sensible fertility planning?

For the 2014 Louis Waller Lecture, three eminent obstetrics and gynaecology specialists discussed the topic the pros and cons of egg freezing for social reasons.  

Professor Catherine Waldby set the scene about the social context of egg freezing, while Professor Martha Hickey and Dr Devora Lieberman debated the pros and cons of social egg freezing. 



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

Quitting smoking before pregnancy reduces risk of low birth weight

Headline: Quitting smoking before pregnancy reduces risk of low birth weight

If you’re planning to have a baby, quitting smoking sooner rather than later will lower your chance of having a “low birth weight” baby. And the longer you smoke during pregnancy, the greater your baby’s risk. That’s the conclusion of a large study looking at the timing of smoking cessation and the risk of low birth weight or LBW (weighing less than 2.5kg).  

Published: July 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Research on cross-border reproductive treatment

Researchers from the faculty of law at UTS are talking to patients and parents who have travelled, either within Australia or overseas for IVF reasons such as surrogacy, egg donation or sex selection.  UTS researchers are doing this to help to understand the choices and opportunities available to prospective parents and explore possible reforms to law and policy to address your concerns.

Published: July 2019
Video
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Rose Overberg - DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Rose Overberg, a donor-conceived woman shares her experience of locating her donor via DNA testing at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.

 

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