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1  General Category / Legislation / Re: NSW Inquiry on: March 22, 2013, 09:34:14 AM
Submissions are now up
2  General Category / Introduction Board / Re: Looking for Siblings from Donor AP ( Adelaide) on: April 30, 2012, 10:59:42 AM
hear hear!
3  General Category / Introduction Board / Re: My (rather long winded) story on: April 30, 2012, 10:58:26 AM
welcome Lorah-May

A friend of mine recently wanted to find out some details of an operation she had at a hospital in Adelaide - the hospital was being hopeless about providing her with the operation info and she knew there was a copy of it or a letter about it in her file at Repromed so she went to see a doctor there, signed some kind of 'authority to obtain information' form which got sent to Adelaide Uni and her whole original paper file was sent to Repromed about a week later!! Not exactly the same situation as you but maybe your parents could do something like that to get their file and find out the donor code, then it might be easier to track down the details you need?

Good luck in your search
4  General Category / Searching for Information / Re: Searching for Repromed S.A sperm donor KV or half-siblings on: December 07, 2011, 01:54:52 PM
Hi Meike and welcome - good luck with your search. I hope that at least by being able to get someone to send a letter, you are in with a chance
I notice on your donor's profile that while he is a medical student, he also has an Engineering degree so that might help you narrow it down if you get no response from the letter. How many doctors are there with that?? Not many I would expect!
Cheers, Bev
5  General Category / Legislation / south australian birth registration regulations on: August 21, 2011, 11:19:59 AM
Not sure if here is the right place for this topic?

Apparently the SA Births Deaths and Marriages regulations expire soon and they are asking for submissions about new regulations
Sorry I don't have the details for who to contact etc but presumably if anyone is interested in making suggestions regarding the option of recording donor conception on the birth register, you could ring BDM and find out more
I'm thinking of doing it but keep forgetting to phone them during working hours!

Cheers, Bev
6  General Category / Introduction Board / Re: How can I find my Donar Child? on: July 06, 2011, 06:17:07 AM
I met a lady in Melb who is involved in developing the regulations for the SA Register and I got the impression that it will go ahead but not be retrospective and not have any volunteer registry component for past donors like they have in Vic - a 'watch this space' thing I guess

7  General Category / Media Articles / Re: Adelaide our sperm donor city on: July 06, 2011, 06:09:47 AM
yep, blah blah same old rubbish!
I took that story to be a poorly disguised advertisement for the new clinic Wink
8  General Category / Media Articles / Re: Ovarian stimulation in over 35s can lead to aneuploidy on: July 06, 2011, 06:08:16 AM
yes I saw that in Bionews, interesting
Would like to get hold of the original study to see what kind of drug doses they are talking about - my clinic wouldn't go above 300 units of stimulation drug for me even though I only ever got 1-2 eggs, I was told higher doses than that don't lead to better pregnancy rates and might even damage my eggs
I have heard of really high doses used in USA from women on the IVF discussion boards etc, so I wonder what kind of doses were associated with the apparent abnormal egg development
Does anyone have access to the actual study report?

9  General Category / Introduction Board / Re: How can I find my Donar Child? on: June 30, 2011, 03:42:58 PM
I went over to Melb for the VARTA "Time To Tell" seminar in May and there was an excellent presentation about the Donor Register
It is now administered by Births Deaths and Marriages with a very small budget and it sounds like they are doing a good job, there were concerns when ITA/VARTA had it taken away that it would all fall over but fortunately it seems to be going well. Victoria really are WAY ahead of the other states!

Have a look here Jenny -

and good luck
Cheers, Bev
10  General Category / Legislation / Re: Federal Inquiry on: March 22, 2011, 02:18:45 PM
lol Damian that's actually pretty funny, I didn't even look at the author
Should have known why it was so well written  Cool

I think medical costs means stuff like blood tests and sperm testing etc, you're right, must be much less than for egg donors with the whole IVF thing

Cheers, Bev
11  General Category / Legislation / Re: Federal Inquiry on: March 19, 2011, 02:20:02 AM
the senate inquiry report has made it into Bionews

mentions the reimbursements issue and fwiw I recently heard on the grapevine that Repromed in Adelaide have recently announced ceasing all 'reimbursements' to donors including for travel or parking or time lost from work etc, for both egg and sperm donors, only actual medical costs are covered.

12  General Category / News & Announcements / Re: Triple J - Hack - Thursday 17-Feb-2011, 5:30pm on: February 17, 2011, 09:39:34 AM
yes I found that rather annoying as well
I think it was in the context that if anon donors are not used then there will be a shortage of available donors and this will cause hardship for fertility patients - that old stupid chestnut! I was hoping we had well and truly moved on to the point where if a donor wishes to be anonymous then they are NOT a suitable donor, and it is by far better to have a waiting list for treatment than to have anonymous uncontactable donors

I was disappointed in the Monash guy who said that a National Register was a good idea - hooray I thought, this is good, but no, he went on  - so that a single donor could be used for more families without increasing the risk of consanguinity. The reason for a Register is to allow donors, kids and siblings to link with other if they wish.

13  General Category / Searching for past donors / Re: Search for donors to Dr Colin Douglas-Smith on: February 17, 2011, 09:29:59 AM
I ahve only just read this thread
I was at a conference last year and during a teabreak I was out in the main foyer and overheard someone (possibly a doctor? - I think attending a gynaecology conference runnng in the next hall, had a different coloured name badge cord!) saying that they used to swap donor sperm between Melbourne and Adelaide, so certainly possible that there was sharing between clinics in WA.
I tried to eavesdrop more but there was a lot of background noise and I didn't want to be too obvious - sorry can't give more details
Cheers, Bev
14  General Category / News & Announcements / Re: Triple J - Hack - Thursday 17-Feb-2011, 5:30pm on: February 17, 2011, 09:07:53 AM
yes Damian you came across well
story + mp3 on the Hack website now
they also give a link to the senate inquiry report
cheers, Bev
15  General Category / Legislation / Re: Federal Inquiry on: August 02, 2010, 02:21:36 AM
My submission is up - number 72

There are so many astounding stories on there, so many that have made me cry. I just hope that this is something that FINALLY gets the message through to politicians that rights of the donor-conceived are sadly lacking and need fixing


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