Help and support is available at clinics and privately via formal infertility counselling.
Support networks in Australia also exist. The following are just a few of the many information and support services/groups available to those thinking about, trying, or having already had a family through donor conception. Click on the name of the organsiation/group and its webpage or contact details will appear in a new window. Important links for donor conceived people are also found below, and further discussion of particular issues surrounding access to information can be found here.
For all families, the Donor Conception Support Group, may be a good place to start. Donors may also get in touch.
Access Australia, the Australian National Infertility Network, provides information, resources and can put people in contact with others who have faced infertility.
Donor Conceived People
There is an Australian Donor Conceived People Network on Facebook for donor-conceived people to link in with other donor-conceived people. (Note you will need to be logged in to Facebook to see the “Australian Donor Conceived People Network”. If you wish to join, you must send a request to join the group).
There is also an Australian wide campaign for donor conceived people called “Are you donor conceived?” aimed at encouraging people to find out their donor-conceived status by having a conversation with their parents.
In Victoria, a donor conception support group for donor-conceived people over 18, is operated by VANISH and VARTA on the last Thursday of every month from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at VANISH, 1st Floor, 50 Howard Street, North Melbourne.
Egg and Embryo Donation:
There are various independent discussion forums regarding egg and/or embryo donation for intended parents and donors that may be found on the internet. An example regarding embryo donation may be found at the Embryo Donation Network .
Government information and support services
Government information services are available in Victoria, via the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), and in Western Australia, via the Reproductive Technology Council.
The Rainbow Families Council in Victoria, and Rainbows Families Queensland may assist LGBTIQ people in seeking information and support before, during and after they start a family. The Rainbow Network also has links to groups for people who are co-parenting, children of rainbow families, transgender families, and more.
Single people considering using donor conception might wish to get in touch with SMC (Sole Mothers by Choice) Australia.