The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in Australia.
The Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017 provides updated national ethical guidance for ART use in a clinical setting, addressing a number of complex ethical issues including:
New donor conception laws were implemented in Victoria on 1 March 2017. This world-first legislation gives all people conceived in Victorian from egg and sperm donation the right to know their donor’s identity.
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:
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:
Louise Johnson, CEO of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) speaks on the topic, 'The "Right to Know" legislation a year on' at the VARTA Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
There’s been a surge in the number of women using low cost fertility treatment, the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s 2019 annual report shows.
In 2018-19, 12,940 women received fertility treatment in Victoria. Of this number, 2,339 received treatment at low cost clinics – a 22 per cent increase from the previous year.