Donor “Anonymity” and Confidentiality in the Era of Direct-To-Consumer DNA Testing and Social Media

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Recently the Fertility Society of Australia was asked by the Reproductive Technology Unit (Western Australia Department of Health) if RTAC was intending to issue advice to clinics on direct to consumer genetic testing.  In Australia, any person born as a result of the use of donated gametes may, upon reaching the age of 18 (or younger in some states), obtain …

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Australia’s first IVF baby turns 40

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In June 1980, Candice Thum (nee Reed) was born as Australia’s first IVF baby and the third in the world. Since then, more than 200,000 Australians have been born from assisted conception, the equivalent of one child in every classroom across the country, while the global population of IVF individuals now exceeds 7.5 million Over the past four decades, Australia …

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COVID-19 Mental Health FAQs

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How can COVID-19 affect my mental health? For some individuals the constant updates in developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary disruptions to life routines can be overwhelming. In particular living with uncertainty and social isolation can present challenges to individuals living with pre-existing conditions such as anxiety/depression and stress related disorders. If you are feeling emotionally affected by …

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COVID-19 | FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions The mission of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) is to help create families. The urgency of controlling the COVID-19 outbreak however now requires extra-ordinary measures from every individual in order to save families. For this reason, the FSA supports the Federal Government instructions to reduce risks of person-to-person transmission to an absolute minimum. In doing so, …

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RTAC | COVID-19 | FAQs

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What does the suspension policy mean for our licence? Under this policy, all audits have been postponed until 2021 and licences have been automatically extended for 12 months.  If your licence expired on 30th June 2020 it will now expire on 30th June 2021.  There are some exceptions to this policy which will be dealt with on an individual basis. Do I …

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COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 by the WHO.

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Updated Statement of the FSA COVID-19 Response Committee COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-CoV-2. This virus is considered to be genetically related to the virus that caused the 2003 SARS outbreak and the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei …

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Media Release 10 September 2019

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Australia’s peak fertility body condemns IVF births to 73-year-old Indian woman as ‘reckless medical and social practice’ The Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) today condemned the overseas practice of providing assisted reproductive technology to women over the age of menopause. This follows the birth in recent days of twin girls to a 73-year-old woman in India, making her the oldest …