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1  General Category / News & Announcements / NHMRC Guidelines on: August 28, 2015, 07:10:17 AM
The National Health & Medical Research Council are reviewing the Ethical Guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/media/releases/2015/feedback-sought-draft-revisions-ethical-guidelines-assisted-reproductive-technol) go to the bottom of this page and click on public consultations. For those who are not familiar with these guidelines they are what all Australian clinics are supposed to follow and they also cover access to information by donor conceived people. Submissions must be made by 17th September 2015 they can be by email or by using the online form. Comment on as much or as little as you want.
There is huge scope for comment as they are claiming to be serious about the welfare of people conceived by donated gametes but virtually nothing has changed in the guidelines for years. One line that particularly angers me (there are a number)is in section 5.9.1 which states:
If the consent form does not include permission for release of identifying information
(because the donation was made before the introduction of the 2004 edition of these
Ethical Guidelines and the gamete donor has not come forward in response to the public
information campaign, see paragraph 5.13), the clinic should make an appropriate effort,
consistent with the original consent document and the privacy rights of the donor, to
contact the gamete donor and obtain his or her consent to the release of information.

Paragraph 5.13 states:
Working in collaboration with relevant professional organisations, clinics should use forums for
public information to encourage people who were gamete donors before the introduction of
the 2004 edition of these Ethical Guidelines, and those born from these donated gametes, to
consider contacting the clinic and registering their consent for the release of information about
themselves (as outlined in paragraphs 4.2.3 and 5.Cool to persons born from the donated
gametes or genetic siblings and half-siblings, respectively.

There has never been such a campaign and virtually the same statement has been written in the guidelines since 2007!!

2  General Category / Searching for Information / IVF Australia Register on: December 03, 2012, 05:39:57 AM
Hi Everyone, have just been sent details of a Register that has been set up by IVF Australia for people involved with their clinics.
The link for info on their website is
 http://ivf.com.au/donor-siblinks
If anyone has any experiences with this new register it would be great to hear some feedback.
3  General Category / News & Announcements / NSW Inquiry on: November 23, 2012, 06:38:49 AM
The NSW Law & Safety Committee which recently released their report on donor's information & birth certificates has now started another inquiry this time as follows:
That the Committee inquire into and report on the management of information related to donor
conception in NSW, with particular regard to:
a) whether people conceived by donor conception prior to January 2010 should have access to
donor conception information, including information that identifies their donor and donor
conceived siblings.
b) which agency should manage donor conception information and provide services related to
the release of this information.
c) what counselling or support services and public education measures are necessary to
support people who are seeking access to donor conception information.
d) any other relevant matter.

The inquiry will run until February - look at the details on the NSW parliament website: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandsafety?open&refnavid=CO3_1
4  General Category / NSW / Re: NSW Donor Details Inquiry on: May 02, 2012, 07:21:38 AM
Hi Everyone
please see email below about the NSW Law & safety committee that i met with at the end of last year. As you can see they really want to speak with people who were conceived in NSW clinics. They were pretty good to speak with and even though their terms of reference only talk about adding the donors names onto birth certificates they also asked lots of questions about retropsectivity.
If you are able to meet with them can you email Dora direct on lawsafety@parliament.nsw.gov.au or call her on the number below
Thanks
Caroline

----- Original Message -----
From: lawsafety
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 4:27 PM
Subject: Inclusion of donor details on the register of births - private briefing


Dear Caroline
The Law and Safety Committee members greatly appreciated your input at the public hearing in March, as part of the inquiry into inclusion of donor details on the register of births.
The Committee are interested in talking to donor-conceived individuals about their views and experiences as part of the inquiry. Unfortunately the inquiry has not received any submissions from donor-conceived individuals based in NSW. I therefore wanted to ask whether you would be able to assist the Committee with obtaining input from NSW-based donor-conceived individuals.
Would you be able to suggest any donor-conceived adults - perhaps members of your Support Group - who would be willing to talk to the Committee in an informal setting?
It would be an informal, private (confidential) meeting with only Committee members and staff present. Attendees would not be publicly identified and the meeting would not be transcribed or recorded.
Please let me know if you would be able to assist the Committee in any way. If you have any questions, please email me or telephone me on the number below.

Thank you
Dora Oravecz


Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety

 

NSW Legislative Assembly
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

 

Tel: (02) 9230 3054
Fax: (02) 9230 3309
5  General Category / Legislation / Write to the Federal Attorney General on: March 08, 2012, 05:28:27 AM
Hi Everyone,
I have just been on the phone with Senator Trish Crossin in regards to the Senate Inquiry that tabled it's recommendations on Donor Conception last year. She is trying to get a meeting with the new Attorney General Nicola Roxon in the next few weeks and she says that we all need to write to Nicola Roxon to let he know that we need something done about the rights of donor conceived people to access information on their donors.
When Robert McClelland was Attorney General he raised the issue at the standing committee of attorneys general (SCAG) which has all the AGs from each state but they could not agree on what was needed to be done.
We all need to let Nicola Roxon know that the issue must be dealt with that all donor conceived people must have the right of access to identifying information on their donors just like in adoption.
Please write to her:
The Hon. Nicola Roxon
Attorney General
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

If you need help with what to write feel free to contact me at dcsupport@hotmail.com

Caroline
6  General Category / Events / Offspring Meeting on: March 07, 2012, 05:47:31 AM
Hi Everyone,
just another reminder of the meeting we are holding for donor conceived people aged 18 years and over on 21st April 2012. The meeting is free and will run from 9.00am to 5.00pm (food provided) Discussions will cover everything from searching for donors, DNA matching to legislation. If you are interested email me at dcsupport@hotmail.com
Regards
Caroline
Donor Conception Support Group of Australia
7  General Category / NSW / NSW Donor Details Inquiry on: October 27, 2011, 05:58:46 AM

Have just received word about a new Inquiry in NSW. Really important that we all make a submission - I will be putting more info about this on the DCSG website

Terms of Reference:
That the Committee inquire into and report on whether there should be provision for the inclusion of donor details on the register of births maintained by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

MEDIA RELEASE
Inquiry into inclusion of donor details on the register of births
The issue of whether there should be provision to include donor details on the register of births
maintained by the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is to be examined in an inquiry
conducted by the Legislative Assembly's Committee on Law and Safety.
The Committee's inquiry follows a recent District Court judgment to remove a sperm donor's details from the register of births.
Currently there is no provision for recording of sperm, egg or embryo donor details by the NSW
Registrar. However, donor information is entered on a central register that has been kept by the
Department of Health since January 2010. The register was set up to assist the exchange of
information on donor conceived people, with donors and offspring having the opportunity to access information about each other.
The Chair of the Committee, Mr John Barilaro MP, said that "Access to information for donor
conceived people is an important issue, and the Committee is keen to seek community views on
where and how details should be maintained to facilitate this access."
"We will consider whether the current system for recording donor information is adequate, and
whether these details should be kept by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages."
"As part of the inquiry, we will also be exploring how donor details are recorded in other Australian jurisdictions."
The Committee is inviting submissions to the inquiry. Submissions can be emailed to
lawsafety@parliament.nsw.gov.au, lodged via the Committee’s website at
www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandsafety or mailed to: The Chair, Committee on Law and Safety,
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 21 December 2011.
   
8  General Category / Legislation / NSW Donor Details Inquiry on: October 27, 2011, 05:57:32 AM

Have just received word about a new Inquiry in NSW. Really important that we all make a submission - I will be putting more info about this on the DCSG website

Terms of Reference:
That the Committee inquire into and report on whether there should be provision for the inclusion of donor details on the register of births maintained by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

MEDIA RELEASE
Inquiry into inclusion of donor details on the register of births
The issue of whether there should be provision to include donor details on the register of births
maintained by the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is to be examined in an inquiry
conducted by the Legislative Assembly's Committee on Law and Safety.
The Committee's inquiry follows a recent District Court judgment to remove a sperm donor's details from the register of births.
Currently there is no provision for recording of sperm, egg or embryo donor details by the NSW
Registrar. However, donor information is entered on a central register that has been kept by the
Department of Health since January 2010. The register was set up to assist the exchange of
information on donor conceived people, with donors and offspring having the opportunity to access information about each other.
The Chair of the Committee, Mr John Barilaro MP, said that "Access to information for donor
conceived people is an important issue, and the Committee is keen to seek community views on
where and how details should be maintained to facilitate this access."
"We will consider whether the current system for recording donor information is adequate, and
whether these details should be kept by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages."
"As part of the inquiry, we will also be exploring how donor details are recorded in other Australian jurisdictions."
The Committee is inviting submissions to the inquiry. Submissions can be emailed to
lawsafety@parliament.nsw.gov.au, lodged via the Committee’s website at
www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandsafety or mailed to: The Chair, Committee on Law and Safety,
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 21 December 2011.
9  General Category / News & Announcements / DCSG Website on: August 18, 2011, 09:02:19 AM
Hi Everyone,
just to let you know about the changes that the DCSG has been going through. If you log onto our website (www.dcsg.org.au) you will see it has changed quite a bit. Members now access the newsletter online; we also have a members section with more information which will hopefully be changed more frequently.
We no longer charge for membership IT IS FREE! So anyone can log on and become a member - you will get an email back with your username & password to access the members section.
The reason we have done this is because of lack of volunteers & funding. Our support is now more limited - we have decided because of this that we will be focussing more on supporting donor conceived people and will no longer be able to give support to many of the prospective parents that are referred to is by clinics. We will still support parents in telling their children.
We will continue the group for as long as we can
Regards
Caroline
10  General Category / Events / DCSG Agm on: June 24, 2011, 09:47:37 AM
Just a quick reminder for any members of the DCSG who would like to be part of our AGM which will be held tomorrow (25th June 2011)at 4pm. If you do want to be part of it email Caroline before 2pm (EST) with your name, state & phone number so that you can be called.
11  General Category / Legislation / Re: Federal Inquiry Update on: November 22, 2010, 05:58:12 AM
The Senate Committee will now report back to parliament on the first week of sitting in February 2011. Hopefully this will give them a bit more time to consider things. In the meantime if you have new information or just want to tell the committee something keep emailing them. Just because the committee says that they are closed for submissions shouldn't stop us if we feel that they should know something. The only way we will get change is to keep harassing them. I have just sent them an email because I read the answer to the questions on notice by the Attorney Generals dept and was not happy with it. I don't know whether they will take any notice at the moment but it will not stop me from letting them know things that i think are important
12  General Category / Legislation / Federal Inquiry Update on: August 10, 2010, 08:42:45 AM
The Federal Inquiry is still open for submissions, Thanks to Leonie we have a general extension until the end of August. As you will have all seen the trend of the submissions is overwhelmingly in support of retrospectivity so we need more and more people to build on what is already there. Please get you submission in ASAP PLEASE
13  General Category / Legislation / Re: Federal Inquiry on: July 14, 2010, 06:18:40 AM
The submissions have started to roll into the Federal Donor Conception Inquiry if you go to http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/legcon_ctte/donor_conception/index.htm and click on submissions received you can then read the submissions that people have chosen to be made public.
If you haven't already put in your submission you need to do it by 30th July
Remember submissions can be made either fully open (with name included) or open but with no name or fully confidential (this means only the committee will read it - it will not be available on the website.
14  General Category / News & Announcements / Inquiry link on: June 24, 2010, 03:28:16 AM
The link for the Inquiry is
http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/legcon_ctte/donor_conception/index.htm
15  General Category / News & Announcements / Re: Federal Inquiry on: June 23, 2010, 10:42:33 AM
The Inquiry into donor conception practices past & present is now offical as it was passed by the senate this afternoon. It should be up on the senate website tomorrow or the next day. Submissions can be in writing or electronic also there will be public hearings announced at a later date (you can make a written submiddion and also go to a public hearing and speak to the senators). There is more info available at www.dcsg.org.au
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