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)

Coming to terms with the end of treatment

Ben and Dinah talk about trying for another child and coming to terms with the end of their IVF treatment.

Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.

Published: December 2015
Surrogacy, Regulation

Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy announced

Attorney General George Brandis has announced a Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy, to be conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.

Announcing the inquiry, the Attorney General’s media release stated that “surrogacy raises a broad range of legal and social issues, and raises questions relating to the rights, responsibilities, values and protections of Australian citizens”.

Conditions for Registration for a Victorian ART clinic
Author: VARTA
Published: January 2017

Conditions for registration for a Victorian ART clinic

The Act provides that VARTA may impose conditions on the registration of ART providers if it considers it necessary in the public interest.  These conditions are regularly reviewed and are updated by VARTA where appropriate.  If VARTA believes at any time that the ART provider has contravened a condition of registration, or if it is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for suspension, it may suspend the provider's registration, either in whole or part.

Author: Ken Daniels, University of Christchurch, New Zealand
Donor conception

Contact between the parties: what the research is beginning to tell us

Ken Daniels is Adjunct Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has worked in the field of assisted human reproduction for 35 years undertaking counselling, research and policy development. He has published over 140 papers and chapters in books. He is the author of the widely used book designed for parents and professionals, ‘Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination’.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Coping strategies during IVF treatment

Every couple finds its own way of coping with the highs and lows of IVF treatment. Anne discovered the need to have coping strategies once IVF treatment had begun. Uncertainties always loomed but Anne found ways of dealing with them.

Costs of IVF
Author: VARTA
Published: June 2013
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Costs of IVF

This brochure explains what IVF involves and what services may and may not be included in a clinic's fee per IVF cycle. 

In Australia, Medicare covers many of the fees associated with a cycle of IVF.  The remaining costs vary, depending on an individual's needs, the clinic you attend, and whether you have reached the Extended Medicare Safety Net threshold.

Cross-Border Reproductive Care

Cross-Border Reproductive Care

This prompter is designed to help patients who have decided to undertake cross-border reproductive care to prepare, by providing a framework for considering safety and quality of care issues.