Published: April 2016
Donor conception

Family perspectives - talking to children about how you became a family

A panel of parents and their sons and daughters discuss how they told/were told that they became a family with the help of a donor or surrogate. Recorded at the 2016 Time to tell seminar.



Donor conception

Family storybook: "Dear Rosie"

Adam shows the film he and his wife, Rebecca made to explain how their journey to meet their daughter Rosie. They show the video not only to Rosie, but their family and friends too. This helps them all understand and connect with Rosie’s story. It includes footage of their clinic, the positive pregnancy test and follows Rebecca’s pregnancy and Rosie’s birth.

Donor conception

Family storybook: "How did I get in there"

Brin describes herself as a “chronic scrap booker”. She has gathered information photos and mementos to document her twin boys’ beginnings. She also includes her son’s comments in the story e.g. “They were baby eggs not eating eggs!” She describes how her scrapbooks have been an easy way to tell the story and “We refer to it whenever they get confused.”

Donor conception

Family storybook: "My special donor buddy"

Not only did Sandra make a digital journal for her daughter, Eloise, but she also made a book for her 5 year old donor’s daughter, Hayden, to explain her mother’s help. Hayden then told the story in her own words and drew pictures to match. They describe “how their family became Sandra’s special donor friends and how Eloise became my special donor buddy”

Author: VARTA
Published: September 2015
Fertility & infertility

Father's health before conception ultra important


3 September 2015

Lifestyle and environmental factors for fathers in the months leading up to conception can directly impact on the health of a child at birth and into adulthood, according to Professor Sarah Robertson of The Robinson Research Institute, in a lecture tonight at the Alfred Hospital for the Louis Waller Lecture 2015.

Fertility & infertility

Fertility Society of Australia

Members of the Fertility Society of Australia and associated organisations in Australia and overseas medical professionals, including general practitioners and specialists scientists, researchers, nurses and members of the community who experience, or know somebody who is experiencing infertility.

Useful links

ANZICA policy documents

A healthy weight is great for fertility
Author: Louise Johnson
Published: August 2015
Fertility & infertility

Fertility Week 2015: how weight impacts on fertility and child health

Fertility Week begins today (1-7 September). Designed to coincide with the first week of spring (think fertility, babies and so on), this year’s campaign focuses on the impact that being overweight or obese can have on a person’s ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Fertility & Assisted Reproduction Teaching Module
Author: Family Planning Victoria
Published: July 2015

Fertility and Assisted Reproduction: Teaching Module

VARTA and Family Planning Victoria (FPV) have produced a ground-breaking resource, The Fertility and Assisted Reproduction: Teaching Module for the comprehensive Safe Landing sexual and reproductive health teacher resource, used nationally. Teachers will be able to refer to the module throughout primary and secondary school years, adding and improving on students’ understanding of the issues and tailoring information according to the capacity of students to understand. 
Raelia Lew
Published: June 2016
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Fertility over 40: a struggle against the tide


ABC's Four Corner's program on 30 May started a conversation that we have to have. Having your first baby after the age of 35 is not what nature intended. IVF technology is no silver bullet against female age related infertility.

Author: Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)
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Fertility & infertility

Fertility preservation for AYAs diagnosed with cancer

This guidance has been produced by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) as part of a national Youth Cancer Networks Program project funded by the Australian Government.

The guidance provides evidence-based recommendations and ‘good practice points’ to assist health professionals in effectively and fully discussing with their AYA patients and their families: