The offices of VARTA will be closed from 23 December and reopen 5 January 2015. For all urgent enquiries VARTA CEO Louise Johnson can be contacted on 0419 557 639.
Donor conception exhibition – call for submissions
To coincide with the implementation of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Further Amendment Act 2014
(Vic) in June, VARTA and a creative coalition of donor-conceived people and donors will be presenting a mixed-media exhibition in Melbourne exploring the historical context, personal experiences, changing public opinion, and potential new outcomes for donors and donor-conceived people. Donor-conceived people, recipient parents and donors, from all states and territories, are invited to participate in the exhibition. More information can be found on the website
. A flyer
is also available here to help promote the event. Please call Kate Bourne, VARTA’s Donor Register Services Manager, on 03 8601 5250 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
, if you are interested, or have questions.
Sign up to the website review committee
VARTA is currently in the process of building a new, updated website. We are seeking to recruit volunteers to join our website review committee. Committee members will be asked to provide feedback on the new website. In exchange for a couple of hours of your time, you will receive a $30 book voucher. Email us
if you are interested in participating.
Social egg freezing debate audio online
This year’s Louis Waller lecture saw three eminent obstetrics and gynaecology specialists discuss the topic: ‘Eggsurance’ – False hope or sensible fertility planning? The pros and cons of egg freezing for social reasons
. Once again, the event was sold out and the reviews from those who attended were very positive. For people who were unable to attend, VARTA has posted recordings from the evening on the website
Surrogacy checklist resources now available
Before entering into any surrogacy arrangement, there are key questions that each person should ask to avoid legal uncertainty and possible missteps. VARTA, in collaboration with Kellehers Australia, has compiled two legal checklist resources - essential reading for anyone contemplating surrogacy: one dealing with internationally surrogacy arrangements
and the other with domestic arrangements
. These checklists are modifications of the checklists devised and created by Kellehers Australia.