The VARTA office will be closed from 23 December until 4 January 2016. For all urgent enquiries, VARTA CEO Louise Johnson can be contacted on 0419 557 639.
Donor conception online exhibition
VARTA is excited to announce that its 'Donor conception: towards openness' exhibition, held at Melbourne's City Library Gallery in June, has now been permanently housed on the VARTA website. This unique online gallery presents the many compelling submissions of art, photography and memorabilia displayed at the City Library as well as pieces that could not be included in the original exhibition in June. VARTA will continue to accept new submissions to the virtual gallery and looks forward to watching its development over the coming years. If you would like submit something for inclusion please email email@example.com.
New donor conception legislation
The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015 was debated last week in the Lower House of the Victorian Parliament. The Bill will be debated in the Upper House in February. It will need to be passed by both Houses in order for it to become law. VARTA will keep you informed of further developments.
This year’s Twilight Seminar discussed the topic: 'Hope, Hype or Reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?'. Jointly hosted by VARTA and Stem Cells Australia, presentations were given by key researchers and reproductive specialists. VARTA will be posting recordings from the evening on its website in the coming days.
Surrogacy inquiry announced
A Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy is being conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs. The standing committee has announced the terms of reference for the inquiry and any interested individuals or organisations who wish to provide a submission are asked to email the secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 February 2016.