Time to tell seminar – save the date
The Time to tell seminar will be held on Saturday 31 May, from 8:30am to 4:00pm
, at Northcote High School, St Georges Rd, Northcote.
The seminar will provide tips on how, when and what to communicate to those conceived with the help of donor sperm or eggs, or a surrogate. Speakers include counsellors, parents from different family constellations, donors and donor-conceived young people. Potential parents, parents, friends, family, donors and professionals are all welcome.
Tickets cost $50 per person and include refreshments and a light lunch. Please note that for insurance reasons, children are not permitted (with the exception of babies).
Registrations will open this Friday via our website and social media.
Family storybook workshop – learn how to tell your story creatively
Feeling inspired to document the story of your donor child's journey into this world? We are piloting a new, fun and interactive Family storybook workshop. Hosted by Kate Bourne, our Senior Community Education Officer, and Rebecca Hopkins
, a personal coach who herself experienced infertility and used donation to have her beautiful daughter, this is an opportunity to connect with other donor parents and learn how to create your own Family storybook to share with your child. You will see real examples of the different ways to create your Family storybook, create a vision for your own and a plan to get you started.
Development of this event is in progress, so watch this space for further details and registration notifications.
Your Fertility's 'fertility is ageist' campaign
It's not fair but fertility is ageist – for both women and men. This month, the Fertility Coalition, including VARTA, is focusing on the impact of age on fertility. Watch the new videos on ageing and fertility for women
. The message is simple: if you want to have children – or more children – and your relationship's ready, have the conversation sooner rather than later. For more information, visit yourfertility.org.au
Campaign posters are available for health professionals to order. Email us which poster(s) and how many you would like. Stock is limited and will be dispatched on a first come, first served basis.
VARTA has moved office and is now located at Level 30, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000.
Our mailing address remains the same and is PO Box 16123 Collins Street West 8007. Our main telephone numbers also remain the same: Phone 03 8601 5250; Fax 03 8622 0550.
Articles we've published
Karin Hammarberg, Research Officer, Louise Johnson, our CEO, and Kate Bourne, Senior Community Education Officer, have authored articles recently published in peer-reviewed journals and other publications:
- Karin Hammarberg, Louise Johnson, Kate Bourne, Jane Fisher, and Maggie Kirkman, Proposed legislative change mandating retrospective release of identifying information: consultation with donors and Government response, Human Reproduction (2014) 29 (2): 286-292, first published online December 6, 2013 doi:10.1093/humrep/det434.
- Maggie Kirkman, Kate Bourne, Jane Fisher, Louise Johnson, and Karin Hammarberg, Gamete donors' expectations and experiences of contact with their donor offspring Human Reproduction (2014) 29 (4): 731-738 first published online February 18, 2014 doi:10.1093/humrep/deu027
- Karin Hammarberg, Fertility - No quick fix for ageing, Medical Observer, 7 March 2014.