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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Changes to Victorian donor conception laws implemented and more to come

2014 amendments

Pre 1988 donor-conceived people can now apply for information about their donors following the implementation the 2014 amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 on 29th June.

The changes to the laws mean that all donor-conceived people, regardless of when they were conceived, can apply to the donor registers for information about their donor. Information will be provided if records can be located and the donor consents to the release of their identifying information.

Published: November 2016
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services

Chief Judge John Pascoe on the child’s right to know for the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture

Headline: Chief Judge John Pascoe on the child’s right to know for the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture

The child’s right to know and family law orders was the title of the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture presented by His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe held on 9 November at the State Library of Victoria, with almost 120 people in the audience.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Connecting with donor siblings: Helen's story

Headline: Connecting with donor siblings: Helen's story
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

DNA testing means donor conception secrets are being revealed

Headline: DNA testing means donor conception secrets are being revealed

The increasing popularity of DNA ancestral testing such as 23andme and ancestry.com means that some people are finding out that they are not genetically connected with family members in the way that they may have thought. At the same time, there are those who have done DNA tests and found themselves matching with strangers whose relationship to them may be described as parent or half sibling.

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor Legacy Project

The Donor Legacy Project aims to provide resources that can assist donors to create and submit information to the Voluntary Register. We use the word ‘legacy’ in our title as we are aware that many donors are aging, may be unwell or unfortunate circumstances may occur. By documenting information or creating a legacy, offspring will be able to grasp an understanding of the donor.

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor linking etiquette

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne presents on donor linking etiquette at the 'Donor conception: from anonymity to openness' seminar, 19 May 2016.

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor linking outcomes: as unique as the people involved

Headline: Donor linking outcomes: as unique as the people involved

Not every donor-linking story is the same, some are confined to polite exchanges of cards or emails, while others develop into lasting relationships. Each outcome is unique and determine by the people involved.

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Explaining the Donor Registers Service

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne explains the process of donor linking and how VARTA can assist in this process.

Published: March 2017
Fertility & infertility, Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

Finding your perfect match: egg and embryo donation in Victoria

Headline: Finding your perfect match: egg and embryo donation in Victoria

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.

Published: September 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA

Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria

Headline: Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria
  • 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

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