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

Victoria’s sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones

Headline: Victoria’s sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones

Victoria's sperm donor laws yield some surprises, but mostly happy ones

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At least half of the donors who had donated anonymously were in favour of their offspring being able to know their identity. Shutterstock

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Published: March 2017
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

We were sperm donors

Headline: We were sperm donors

Read Carolyn's story about her experiences as a donor's wife.

Published: January 2020
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

What do people linked through donor conception want to know about each other?

Headline: What do people linked through donor conception want to know about each other?

Over the last few decades many thousands of people have been born as a result of donor sperm or eggs in Victoria. As they reach adulthood, some yearn to know more about their genetic origins and some donors want to know more about the people they helped conceive. Donor linking is the process by which donor-conceived people (DCP), parents of donor-conceived children and donors can access information about each other.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

What is an information and support session?

Information for people applying to the Central or Voluntary Registers.

This information sheet covers:

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

What is the difference between the Central Register and the Voluntary Register?

 

Published: February 2015
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Donor conception

What makes us decide to tell or not to tell

Researchers at the University of Western Australia are investigating the reasons why people choose to tell or not tell members of their family and wider social network about their involvement in donor conception and are seeking participants in their study.

Who can participate?

Anyone who has participated in any type of donor conception programme (current or past):

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

When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

Headline: When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

 

In 1979, when Aaron* answered a call for volunteer research participants at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, he was surprised to find himself signing up to a sperm donation program. Now, more than 35 years later, Aaron has connected with two of his donor offspring and is seeking contact with others.

Published: July 2017
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

Headline: When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

 

Twenty years after donating sperm at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, Carl* learnt that he had two donor daughters.

The news came as a surprise. Years earlier Carl had been informed that no children had been born from his donation. But the revised information, delivered in 2006, revealed that two girls were born in the late 1980s at another clinic, which had used sperm donated at the Queen Victoria.

Author: Dr Deborah Dempsey
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

Why do people apply to the donor conception registers?

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.

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Donor conception

Why donor-linking matters

Wendy Kramer is Director of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR).  The DSR is a US charity organisation, founded in 2000 by Wendy and her donor-conceived son Ryan, to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm egg or embryo donation that are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties.  Wendy speaks about the research undertaken by her organisation and the experiences of those people who have linked via DSR.

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