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Published: August 2017
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

How I found and lost my donor

Headline: How I found and lost my donor

Rose's story of how she found her donor through DNA testing

I have always known that I was donor conceived.  Likewise I have always known that I would never know the identity of my donor. The clinic (Queen Victoria Hospital) doesn’t exist anymore, the donors were offered complete anonymity and the doctor swears that the records were ‘lost’ in transition to a private fertility clinic.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Making an application to the Voluntary Register

Information for donor-conceived people, recipient parents, donors and relatives and descendants thereof about applying to the Voluntary Register.

This information sheet covers:

  • How the Voluntary Register works
  • Fee
  • Who can apply?
  • What information can be lodged?
  • Matches/No match on the Voluntary Register
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
Video
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:

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.

VARTA Voluntary Register Application Form image
Author: VARTA
Published: December 2019
Hardcopy/pdf
Donor conception register services

Voluntary Register application form

Application form options:

A. Open application form  > Print document > Write information > Sign > Scan and email to VARTA OR post to VARTA

B. Open application form document and save it as a pdf file to your computer > Open document from your computer (requires Adobe Reader* at least version 8)   > Type your information into the form > Save form > Print and sign form > Scan and email OR post form to VARTA 

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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