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Melbourne (Formerly) Anonymous Sperm Donors - MADMen

MADMen is a group of men who were sperm donors for IVF programs in the 1970s and 1980s. The group formed in early 2013 as a result of increasing numbers of sperm donors contacting VARTA in response to media and parliamentary attention to the issue of connection (or lack of connection) between sperm donors from the early era of donor IVF and their offspring.

Published: June 2015
Donor conception

Melbourne donor conception exhibition a world-first


A world-first exhibition exploring donor conception through art, photography and archival material will be open to the public from Friday, June 5 at Melbourne’s City Library Gallery.

The 'Donor conception: towards openness' exhibition, dedicated to the memory of Narelle Grech who campaigned for the right to have information about her biological heritage, is an initiative of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA).

Author: VARTA
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The Authority aims to work continuously towards regulatory best practice in administering aspects of the Act in a transparent way. In 2014, the Minister for Health issued a Ministerial Statement of Expection to the Authority in relation to its regulatory functions.


Mother and son talk surrogacy

Karen and her son Matt speak about surrogacy at VARTA's Time to Tell Seminar.  Surrogacy was not permitted years ago in Australia so Karen and her husband needed to travel to the US.  Through a surrogacy agency they found a surrogate who remains a friend.  Matt has grown up knowing her and the reasons why she carried him for his parents.  He says, 'I'm glad it was never a sercret... everyone has a right to know who they are and where they come from.

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Murdoch Children's Research Institute

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Donor conception

My decision to be an egg donor

Listen to Kylie talk about her decision to donate her eggs to a couple.

Donor conception

My experience finding out I was donor conceived

Kimberley shares with us her experience as a donor-conceived person and how it has impacted on her life.

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National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU)

The NPESU undertakes national reporting of reproductive and perinatal health information and statistics in Australia. 



Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Navigating Donor Linking

Advice for those starting the donor linking process from those who have been there.

We spoke to donor-conceived people, parents and donors who have accessed VARTA Donor Conception Register Services to ask them whether there was something they wished they had known beforehand. This is what they said.

Published: October 2015
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

New data reveals changing face of family formations in Victoria

Media Release

Heterosexual couples comprised only 15 per cent of families formed as a result of donor conception in Victoria between 2014-15, according to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s (VARTA’s) Annual Report 2015, released today.