With one in six Australian couples struggling to conceive, overcoming infertility has become big business. According to statistics, 3.1% of births in Australia are a result of assisted reproductive technology (ART). However, IVF success rates have recently been brought into question with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission currently monitoring the claims being advertised by fertility clinics. The 2016 Assisted Reproductive Technology Summit will bring together senior level industry experts to give updates on regulation and legislation debates, and discuss the clinical and ethical issues and challenges currently facing the fertility industry.
This year’s topics will include:
- The problem with ART statistics
- The rights of donor conceived individuals
- Should commercial surrogacy be legalised in Australia?
- The new Victorian sperm donor anonymity laws: Will other States follow suit?
- Genetics & the selection process
- ‘Three parent’ IVF decision – will Australia follow Britain’s example?
- Private Health Insurance and ART
- ‘Miracle pregnancy’ – how to manage client’s expectations
Confirmed speakers include:
- Kate Bourne, Donor Register Services Manager, VARTA & Chair, Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors’ Association
- Keith Harrison, Chairman, RTAC
- Dr Brenda McGivern, Chair, Western Australian Reproductive Technology Council
- Associate Professor Vinay S Rane, Visiting Fulbright Professor in Women’s Health to New York State University, Harvard University, United Nations & The Mayo Clinic, President of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria, Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Melbourne Mothers, The Royal Women’s, Western Health and Monash University & Australian President, DaVincian Health Care
- Associate Professor Kate Stern, Head of the Fertility Preservation Service, Melbourne IVF and The Women’s Hospital
- Dr Linda Mann, Representative, RACGP
- Professor Justin St. John, Centre Head for the Centre for Genetic Diseases, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
- Sandra Dill, Founder and CEO, Access Australia’s National Infertility Network
- Sam Everingham, Director, Families Through Surrogacy
- Professor Ben Mol, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide
- Associate Professor Sonia Allan, Head of the Department of Health Systems and Populations, Macquarie University
- Associate Professor Tina Cockburn, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT Faculty of Law, Brisbane
- Professor Rob Sparrow, Department of Philosophy, Monash University
- Janine McIlwraith, Principal, Slater & Gordon Lawyers