Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Life after IVF treatment

IVF treatment brings dreams and hopes for children. But, as we've discovered, these hopes are not always fulfilled and couples must confront a future without children .

Published: June 2016
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Lived experiences of donor linking

A panel of donors, recipient parents and donor-conceived people share their stories of donor linking at the VARTA's 'Donor conception: from anonymity to openness' event on 19 May 2016.

Marjorie Solomon, Public Relations Officer
Author: Marjorie Solomon
Published: September 2015
Fertility & infertility

Louis Waller lecture 2015: Parenting begins before conception

‘Parenting begins before conception’ was the title of the Louis Waller Lecture 2015, delivered by Professor Sarah Robertson from The Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, on 3 September.

Addressing an audience of more than 100 people, Professor Robertson discussed her research findings that lifestyle and environmental factors for both parents in the months leading up to conception can directly impact on the health of a child at birth and into adulthood, and the so-called ‘epigenetic’ mechanisms involved.

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: August 2017
About VARTA, Regulation

Making and handling protected disclosures policy & procedure

Any person or group of people can make a protected disclosure. Businesses and companies cannot make protected disclosures.

Fertility & infertility

Maybe later baby

A guide to fertility for young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  

This free book provides honest, clear and accurate information to help you understand your fertility options before and after treatment, allowing you to make decisions about your fertility at the time that is right for you.

Published: October 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

Media Releases

Donor conception

Meeting your donor / donor-conceived person

Riley and his donor, Roger, talk about what it was like to meet each other.

Donor conception

Meeting your donor parent

Listen to interview: Meeting your donor parent - Richard Stubbs, 774 radio

If you always knew that you had been conceived with the help of a donor, would you want to meet that donor? That was the question for Riley who decided when he was 18 that he did indeed want to meet his donor Roger.