LGBTQ+ Fertility Retreat

Date and time

Sunday 28 February, 2021
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (AEDT)


Webinar (Online)



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LGBTQ+ Fertility Retreat

Join us for an afternoon of education, information sharing and empowerment at our LGBTQ+ Fertility Retreat. This event had been created in consultation with community specifically for sexuality and gender diverse people looking to build their family.

This online event features sessions from leading fertility specialists with a passion for supporting LGBTQ+ people on their fertility journey, including content for gay, lesbian, bi+, queer, trans, non binary and gender diverse individuals and their partner or partners.

We’ll also hear from former AFLW player and Australian Survivor contestant, Moana Hope, and her wife, model Isabella Carlstrom. They’ll be sharing their fertility journey so far, their plans for growing their family, and their advice for other members of the LGBTQ+ community embarking on fertility treatment.

The retreat will be hosted by LGBTIQ+ Diversity and Inclusion Specialist and fertility professional Amelia Arnold, who is also Deputy Chair of Switchboard Victoria and a radio host on JOY 94.9 FM’s Triple Bi Pass.

Our sessions will cover the following topics (and more!):

  • Donor treatment options
  • Fertility and preconception testing
  • Reciprocal IVF/ egg sharing
  • IVF, ICSI, IUI – what treatment is best for me?
  • Navigating surrogacy
  • Moana and Isabella’s fertility journey

The retreat has been designed so you can pop in and pop out of the retreat for the sessions that are relevant to you.

Retreat program

1.00pm - Welcome & Acknowledgement of Country
Amelia Arnold (she/her)

Our host, Amelia Arnold, will welcome you to the LGBTQ+ Fertility Retreat and outline how the online event will run. Amelia is an LGBTIQ+ diversity and inclusion specialist and fertility professional with experience in donor coordination and fertility research. She is also Board Deputy Chair of Switchboard Victoria, and a radio host on Triple Bi Pass on national LGBTIQ broadcaster JOY 94.9.
1.10 - Understanding your fertility
Dr Tina Fleming (she/her)

This session will give you the information you need in order to understand your fertility. Dr Tina Fleming will unpack the factors that can influence your reproductive health, how you can optimise your fertility, and the key information that sexuality and gender diverse people need to know about their reproductive health. Dr Tina Fleming is a fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist on the Gold Coast.
1.25pm - Fertility health assessments
Dr Tania Widmer (she/her)

Preconception testing is important for anyone considering a pregnancy. During this session Dr Tania Widmer will explain the tests which are required to assess your fertility and provide you with guidance about embarking on your fertility journey as a gender and/or sexuality diverse individual. Dr Tania Widmer is a fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist on the Gold Coast.
1.45pm - Fertility preservation before gender affirming hormone therapy
Dr Gareth Weston (he/him)

If you or a loved one are trans or gender diverse and considering medically affirming your gender, you may consider fertility preservation before beginning gender affirming hormones. In this session, Dr Gareth Weston will provide an overview of the fertility preservation options available for trans and gender diverse people before starting T or E, and will explain what is involved in each of these options. Dr Gareth Weston is a fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist in Melbourne.
2.05pm – IVF, ICSI, IUI – what are they, and which one might be best for me?
Dr Justin Tucker (he/him)

When considering fertility treatment, it can be challenging to determine what option is best for you. During this session Dr Justin Tucker will explain the differences between IVF, ICSI and IUI to help you make informed choices about what fertility treatment may be right for you. Dr Justin Tucker is a fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist in Sydney.
2.35pm – Reciprocal IVF / Egg sharing
Dr Justin Tucker (he/him)

Many people choose to start their family using a process called reciprocal IVF, which is also known as egg sharing. This is where one partner provides the eggs, which are fertilised, and another partner carries the pregnancy. This session will also be presented by Dr Justin Tucker.
2.50pm – Mo and Bella’s fertility journey so far (Q&A)
Moana Hope (she/her) & Isabella Carlstrom (she/her)

Late last year, former AFLW player and Australian Survivor contestant, Moana Hope and her wife, model Isabella Carlstrom, welcomed their first child, baby Svea into the world. During this Q&A facilitated by our host, Amelia Arnold, Moana and Isabella will share their fertility journey so far, their plans for growing their family, and their advice for other LGBTQ+ people embarking on their own fertility journeys.
3.10pm – Donor treatment options
Sarah Bollom (she/her)

There are many donor options available to you, depending on your individual circumstances. During this session you’ll hear from Sarah Bollom, Monash IVF’s Donor and Surrogacy Team Leader in NSW. She will discuss the clinic-recruited donor options available to you – be it donor sperm, donor eggs or donor embryos. Interested in known donors or surrogacy? These will be covered in later sessions.
3.25pm – Using a known donor
Dr Luke Larmour (he/him)

One of the increasingly popular donor options is to use a known donor. That is, someone known to you who agrees to donate their sperm or eggs to assist you in starting or growing your family. In this session, Dr Luke Larmour will discuss the process of using a known donor for fertility treatment, including how screening works for the donor and what recipients can expect. Dr Luke Larmour is a fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist in Melbourne joining Monash IVF in March 2021.
3.40pm – Understanding the law of donor and surrogacy treatment
Rebecca Dahl, Nicholes Family Lawyers (she/her)

Rebecca Dahl from Nicholes Family Lawyers will be discussing the legalities of using a known donor and the legislation around surrogacy in Australia during our LGBTQ+ Fertility Retreat on Sunday 28 February. Rebecca has extensive experience in Family Law, and has hosted various LGBTIQA+ focused podcasts on topics pertaining to the LGBTIQA+ community, including LGBTIQA+ parenting and Rainbow Families.
3.55pm – Navigating surrogacy in Australia
Claire Byrne (she/her)

Counselling is a key aspect of the surrogacy journey. Monash IVF Counsellor, Claire Byrne, will talk you through the key information you need to know about surrogacy before you see a fertility specialist. She will share information on how to find a surrogate legally, and how you can emotionally prepare yourself for this journey.
4.10pm – The pregnancy journey for transgender people (Q&A)
Finn Mercury (he/him)

During a Q&A session facilitated by our host, Amelia Arnold, registered nurse and midwife Finn Mercury, will discuss prenatal support, delivery, post-natal and antenatal support for trans and gender diverse people. Finn Mercury is an experienced midwife and registered nurse with a keen interest in working with and caring for fellow trans and gender diverse patients, especially in the perinatal period.
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