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 on: December 01, 2017, 02:56:06 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams

"CHILDREN born from donated sperm would be able to trace the anonymous donors - without their consent - under changes flagged for the next sitting of State Parliament.
Health Minister Peter Malinauskas concedes there will be ‘pockets of unease in the community’ about releasing identifying details of anonymous donors without their consent.

However, he said people born from assisted reproductive techniques (A.R.T) should have the same rights to information about their parents as those who are conceived naturally."

 on: March 01, 2017, 05:56:23 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by 123Cat
Hey, I have been absent from this site for a while so I have only just seen this. Would it be too late to email?
Also, what would kinda thing would I say in the email - just that I would like a register?, or more info - like I've been in contact with the person from Adelaide Uni for info, (she was kind of helpful in contrast of what I've read about other people's experience with her) but I guess there is a limit to the information she can give, which is annoying but understandable, even though the law changes about anonymity though, but I don't know if that can apply to people before the changes came into effect, and I don't know what it means for records owned by Adelaide Uni.
Anyways, sorry just writing letter to MP's is a new thing for me and I don't really know what to do/say haha Smiley

 on: January 16, 2017, 10:00:04 AM 
Started by jojamwil - Last post by dadams
Thankyou jojamwil for sharing that info.

 on: May 30, 2016, 11:04:58 AM 
Started by jojamwil - Last post by jojamwil
I am a hoarder of information. I found the list of donors and their descriptions from Monash IVF ~ 1998. I've scanned it an put it here. It doesn't have names, but it does have the codes and a description of the donor. Hopefully it might be of help to someone.

 on: March 24, 2016, 07:05:59 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by Quinny
Yay! Now to get this done in the other states or Federally.

 on: February 23, 2016, 09:47:35 PM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams

 on: January 18, 2016, 09:46:17 PM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
Everyone can take part in this you do not have to be in South Australia.
Please find attached a link to a review currently underway of the legislation in SA.


 on: November 25, 2015, 12:56:09 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
New donor conception legislation tabled in Victorian Parliament
Following its election commitment to amend donor conception laws, the Victorian Government this week tabled a Bill in parliament with proposed changes to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. The key elements of this Bill include:
All Victorian donor-conceived people, regardless of when they were born, will have a right to identifying information about their donor, without having to receive consent from their donor. This will mean that donor-conceived people born before 1998 will have the same rights as those born after 1998.
Contact preferences will be made available to donors and donor-conceived people, allowing them to determine the way in which contact with those with whom they are linked will occur. People will also have the option to choose a 'no contact' preference. If a contact preference is breached, a significant penalty may apply. Contact preferences will also be extended to those legal children of donors or donor-conceived people who are under the age of 18 years.
Responsibility for managing the central and voluntary registers will be moved to VARTA. The amendments will also enable VARTA to be the 'one door in' provider of support and information to donors, donor-conceived people and their families, as per recommendations made by the Parliamentary Law Reform Committee.
The Bill will be subject to readings, debate and possible change. It will need to be passed by both Houses of Parliament in order for it to become law.

 on: August 28, 2015, 07:10:17 AM 
Started by Caroline - Last post by Caroline
The National Health & Medical Research Council are reviewing the Ethical Guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology ( 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!!

 on: August 19, 2015, 01:42:28 AM 
Started by dadams - Last post by dadams
Ran last night on ABC but is viewable on iview:

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