Choices about fertility and parenthood

Choices about fertility and parenthood: A national survey of LGBT Australians

Researchers at La Trobe University have recently launched a new survey exploring the fertility choices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Australians. The study will look at decisions about childbearing among LGBT people, including the choice to not have children, pathways to parenthood and experiences of clinical fertility services.

Over the past 15 years, greater awareness and increasing societal acceptance of LGBT families within Australia has meant that parenting within the LGBT communities has become more common. At the same time, there have been a number of significant social, legal, and medical changes that have contributed to the fertility decision-making of LGBT individuals. This study was conceived (pardon the pun!) as a response to these changes, and through it, the researchers hope to increase our understanding of the fertility intentions and aspirations of LGBT Australians.

The project is a collaboration between researchers at La Trobe University's Law School, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology. The study involves an online survey of LGBT Australian, which asks a series of questions about parenting status and intentions, decision-making with respect to parenthood, what influences these decisions, and sources of information and advice about reproductive pathways.

The survey is open to any Australian residents aged over 18 who identify as LGBT. To participate, please visit www.lgbtfertilitydecisions.com.au to access the online questionnaire.

Any questions regarding this project may be directed to the Chief Investigator, Dr Fiona Kelly, of the Law School at La Trobe University on (03) 9479-6404 or by email at f.kelly@latrobe.edu.au. This study has ethics approval through La Trobe University's Science Health and Engineering College Human Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns contact the Senior Human Ethics Officer, La Trobe University, P: 03 9479 1443, E: humanethics@latrobe.edu.au (SHE CHESC s15/100).

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