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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?

 

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.

Marjorie Solomon, Public Relations Officer
Author: Marjorie Solomon
Published: June 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Why you need to see the 'Donor conception: towards openness' exhibition

The ‘Donor conception: towards openness’ exhibition, which is currently showing at the City Library Gallery, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, is more than worth a visit.

The exhibition offers a moving collection of art, photography and archival material that inspires a range of emotional responses.  Striking photographs are accompanied by summaries of the person or people pictured; many of the summaries are poignant, some are joyful, all are touching.

Donor conception register services

Writing your Statement of reasons

Advise for donor-conceived people, recipient parents and donors needing to write a Statement of reasons to access identifying information through the Donor Conception Register Services.

This information sheet covers:

  • What should I say in my Statement of reasons?

 

 

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Author: VARTA
Published: February 2017
Hardcopy/pdf
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Writing your first letter

Your introductory letter or email is often the first form of contact you have with someone to whom you are connected by donation. This information sheet provides advice on what to say, tips and tricks for a positive outcome, and where to go from here.

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