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Donor conception

One sperm donor's personal story

Hello, my name is Ian. I am the biological father of nine children. Two of my offspring live with me and seven I have never met.

Photo of Ian Smith

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Donor linking etiquette

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne presents on donor linking etiquette at the 'Donor conception: from anonymity to openness' seminar, 19 May 2016.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Talking about your donation

Prior to 1988, sperm and egg donations were practised anonymously. Donors and parents who used the donations rarely told others about their experience. As society has changed and become more open, the law and this practice in Victoria has changed. Parents are encouraged to tell their child about how they became a family with the help of a donor. Donors are counselled in treatment clinics to be open about their donation to their partner, children, and extended family - especially as donor-conceived people or their parents are able to apply for information about them. 

Published: June 2016
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Explaining the Donor Registers Service

VARTA Donor Registers Service Manager, Kate Bourne explains the process of donor linking and how VARTA can assist in this process.

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:

Louise Johnson, CEO of VARTA
Author: Louise Johnson
Published: April 2015
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Donor conception

How to talk to a child about becoming a family with the help of a donor

After three years of trying to conceive without success Jessica Busuttil and her husband Phillip were told that Phillip had a condition called azoospermia, which, in layman terms, means that Phillip had no sperm.

“This diagnosis was totally unexpected,” Jessica explained. “It was an extremely difficult and emotional time in our lives – we just felt lost.”

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.

Published: April 2014
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Talking to young adults about their conception

Headline: Talking to young adults about their conception

Barbara and Lauren (mother and daughter) tell their story of donor conception.  

Barbara, after nearly quarter of a century of keeping the secret of her daughters' conceptions, tells them they are donor conceived.  
Lauren, who was 21 when she was told of her conception, tells us her experience of being on the receiving end of this news. 

Photo of Lauren and Barbara 

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

Twilight seminar - Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

Headline: Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

VARTA's 2018 twilight seminar explored what happens when people who are connected as a result of donor conception treatment learn each other’s identities, exchange information or meet. The sold out event, held on 9 July, examined the latest research into donor linking and its outcomes and listened to the experiences of people who have been through the process.

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.

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