Sunday, February 15, 2015

Donor seminar in Brisbane

On 7 March there will be a donor seminar in Brisbane. The seminar will focus on options for those considering having a baby with the assistance of a donor. Speakers include psychologist and fertility counsellor Antonia Lockitch, and me.

This seminar was last run in 2013, with 60 attendees.

Topics include:

  • telling children
  • birth certificates
  • relationships between donors and recipients
  • personal experiences
  • legal issues
  • resources and support
All attendees will receive a tack home pack full of info, including a video.


Date: Saturday 7 March
Time: 8.30am for 9am. 9am to 3pm
Place: Brisbane West Senior Citizens Centre, 132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Q
Cost (to cover venue hire): $60 for singles, $100 for couples- payable at the door. Morning tea and lunch acre included.
RSVP (essential for catering purposes):

Update on Canadian surrogacy seminar in Sydney

The Canadian surrogacy seminar in Sydney with Nicolle Kopping Pavars and me will be held on the night of 16 March. All welcome.

Surrogacy in Canada is an option for those who are unable to find a surrogate in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT,  find themselves looking at surrogacy options overseas, and want to do so legally.


Date: Monday 16 March, 2014
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Cost: FREE
Place: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street (between Park and Bathurst)


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Seminar in Sydney on Canadian Surrogacy- March

On 16 March there will be a free seminar in Sydney about surrogacy in Canada. The speakers will be Canadian surrogacy lawyer Nicolle Kopping-Pavars and me.

For those from Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT, surrogacy  in Canada is a legal option- because it is altruistic, not commercial (unlike the US).

Nicolle will be able to explain about how surrogacy in Canada works, and I will be able to talk about the Canadian option, as well as other options to have children by surrogacy, including doing it here.

I will blog more details about the seminar when they are to hand.

Australian Association of Women Judges debate in Brisbane- April

There will be a debate in Brisbane on 17 April about  international commercial surrogacy, in which the key speaker will be the Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant.

Her Honour will be delivering a speech, after which there will be a panel discussion about the implications of commercial surrogacy, including international commercial surrogacy. The panellists will be:

  • Her Honour
  • noted academic Professor Andreas Schloenhardt
  • me
Professor Schloenhardt,  from the University of Queensland's TC Beirne School of Law, has written and spoken at length about people trafficking. 

I will blog more details about the debate when they are to hand.