Resource kit for rainbow families
Author: Jacqui Tomlins
Published: February 2015
Donor conception, Surrogacy

OUTspoken Families resource kit for rainbow families

Researched and written by Jacqui Tomlins, and partially funded by VARTA, this resource provides the ideas, suggestions, advice and collective wisdom shared by a broad range of parents from rainbow families.

Resource kit for rainbow families


Lesbian mums and known donors or dads

Telling the kids: What? When? How?

Published: August 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

Headline: One in six women fall pregnant spontaneously after IVF

IVF is often a last resort for women and couples who have tried for a long time to get pregnant. Of those who try IVF, only about half have a baby as a result of treatment. But new research shows that within five years of ending IVF, whether they were successful or not, about one in six women have a baby without IVF.

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

Author: Martyn A Stafford-Bell, Sam G Everingham and Karin Hammarberg
Journal: The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA)
Volume: 201
Issue: 06
Year: 2014
DOI: 10.5694/mja14.01086
External Link

Outcomes of surrogacy undertaken by Australians overseas


Objectives: To describe the outcomes of surrogacy among Australian intended parents who engage in compensated surrogacy overseas.

Design, setting and participants: Members of two Australian parenting support forums who were considering surrogacy or were currently or previously in a surrogacy arrangement were invited to complete an anonymous online survey during July 2013.

Author: Dr Vasanti Jadva
Donor conception

Parenting and child well-being in families created using gamete donation

Donor treatment often focuses on parents and little is known about how the children conceived fare. This video was filmed at VARTA's Twilight seminar 'How are you going? - Experiences of donor conception' (8 April 2013). 

Dr Vasanti Jadva presented the results of a longitudinal study of families created using gamete (sperm and egg) donation. The children of the families were born around the year 2000 and data was collected at ages 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10 years.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Surrogacy, Regulation

Patient Review Panel

The Patient Review Panel (the Panel) was established under part 9 of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (ART Act). The ART Act was passed in the Victorian Parliament on 4 December 2008 and came into operation on 1 January 2010.

The functions of the Panel are to consider:

Published: March 2020
Fertility & infertility

People don't mind their GP asking about pregnancy plans

Headline: People don't mind their GP asking about pregnancy plans

People don’t mind their GP popping the question: ‘Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?’

The health of people before conception and when they conceive affects the health of their pregnancy and child. That’s why it’s important for people who want to have a baby to be as heathy as possible before they start trying. People wanting to conceive should aim to be a healthy weight, not smoke, limit alcohol intake, excercise regularly, eat well and avoid some chemicals to give their baby the best start to life.

Fertility & infertility

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association

POSAA is an Australia wide support group for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as well as their families. 

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Possible health effects of IVF

This brochure was developed with the help from experts in the IVF field.  In the hands of experts, IVF procedures are safe and medical complications are rare. But as with all medical procedures, there are some possible health effects. This brochure provides an overview of the possible physical and emotional health effects of IVF for men and women, and outcomes for children born as a result of treatment. The information refers to IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Pre-implantation genetic testing explained brochure
Author: VARTA
Published: July 2019
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Pre-implantation genetic testing explained

This brochure is intended as a general introduction to preimplantation genetic testing (PGT): what it is, how it is done, the reasons for doing PGT, and advantages and disadvantages of PGT.  It should not be seen as a substitute for advice from doctors or other health professionals. Information contained in this brochure was correct at the time of writing however as PGT is a rapidly advancing technology it is important to check information with your fertility specialist.