Public consultation session – 30 March 2019
The Review is holding a consultation to hear your experiences with assisted reproductive treatment (ART) and your views on the Review's ideas for improvements. The Review is preparing its final report by the end of April so this is an opportunity to have your say on how to improve ART in Victoria.This consultation is for both intended and current parents, previous patients, donors, surrogates, and persons born of ART. There will be no representatives of the industry (that is, no clinic staff or representatives will be there, nor will any representative from VARTA ). There will be different ways in which you can provide your story or feedback when you are there, so you do not have to speak in front of anyone if you would prefer not to.
Public consultation details:
Date: Saturday 30 March 2019
Time: 10:30am to 1:30pmLocation: Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.
How to register
If you would like to attend the consultation, please email Rebekah McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org, make sure to include:
- Full names of all attendees
- The names and ages of children attending
- Any dietary requirements, allergies or intolerances of all attendees
- Any accessibility requirements
Registration closes Wednesday 20 March 2019.
We have room for 70 people to attend this consultation. There will be other methods of contributing if the maximum number of attendees is reached.
It is really important to the Review to hear from the people who are using and most impacted by the services. We greatly appreciate your participation.
Childcare facilities during the consultation
the Review has hired KidzKlub Australia to provide childcare to anyone attending who requires it.
Kidzklub Australia is comprised of trained professionals (including teachers, teachers in training, and childcare workers) with first aid certificates and Working With Children checks. There are minimum ratios of staff to children, and a minimum of 2 staff at all times regardless of how small the group is.
Kidzklub Australia can cater for children and babies of all ages, and if appropriately forewarned, will have the equipment necessary to care for newborns. Kidzklub Australia will provide activities and entertainment for the children for the duration of the consultation (this might be, for example, art or music activities, movies, books or dress ups). Lunch will also be provided for the children attending.
The childcare will be in a separate room to the consultation but within the same building at the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
All public areas of the Hawthorn Arts Centre are fully wheelchair accessible, and guide and companion dogs are welcome throughout the venue.
Public parking is available at the rear of the venue, accessible from Kent St or Oxley Road. This parking is not exclusive to the venue.
Additionally, Hawthorn Arts centre is close to both trams (Routes 16, 70 and 75, in order of distance) and trains (Glenferrie Station, Alamein/Belgrave/Lilydale lines).
Thank you for sharing your views and experiences about the way assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is provided in Victoria.
Assisted reproductive treatment refers to a wide range of treatments used to help people to have a child. This includes treatments like ovulation induction, artificial insemination and IVF. It also includes the use of donors and surrogates.
Your input has informed an Interim Report on the review of Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008.
The review is being led by experienced lawyer Michael Gorton, who is the Chair of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and of Alfred Health. He is also the former chair of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority and the Patient Review Panel as well as an Ambulance Victoria board member.
Forty written submissions were received in response to the consultation paper, and there were 191 responses to the survey.
Additionally, the Review held approximately 40 meetings involving more than 120 stakeholders between July and September 2018.
The Government has released the Interim Report. A final report will be provided to the Minister in April 2019.
The Interim Report can be found in the ‘Document Library’ on this page.
Further targeted consultation will be held in the lead up to the final report.
How you can participate
The online consultation period for this review has now ended.
Thank you for your input.
Additional background and the terms of reference for the review can be found on the health.vic website.
Answer our survey
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