Get Your Same-Sex Parenting Questions Answered At This Free Forum


LGBTIQ parents-to-be have been invited to attend an upcoming information night in New Farm in Brisbane early next month.

Three experts on rainbow families will address the May 4 forum to offer insight to prospective parents about their journey to parenthood and give them valuable advice on some of the pitfalls same-sex couples can face. A welcome drink and nibbles will be provided.

The three speakers who will be able to answer all your questions are:

Dr Andrew Davidson is the medical director of Rainbow Fertility, Australia’s only dedicated LGBTIQ focused IVF clinic. Dr Davidson divides his time between patients in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. He will talk about medical issues to do with IVF, egg and sperm donation and surrogacy, including screening regimes, the use of egg banks, and the differences between known donors and clinic recruited donors.

Narelle Dickinson is a psychologist in private practice in Brisbane. Narelle has been a fertility counsellor for many years, and is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association. Narelle will talk about the psychological and emotional impacts of undertaking assisted reproductive treatment, including IVF, egg and sperm donation and surrogacy; and how the parents’ decisions during the process to have children can have huge impacts on their children’s lives.

Stephen Page is Australia’s leading fertility lawyer. Stephen is a partner of Harrington Family Lawyers, Brisbane. He has had fertility clients from throughout Australia and 25 countries overseas. Stephen is an international representative of the ART Committee of the American Bar Association, and a member of the Surrogacy and Hague Project Committee of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Stephen will talk about the legal minefield that intended parents, donors and surrogates have to navigate when the decision is made to have a child – and how to do so safely.

The LGBTIQ Parents-to-be Information Night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Brunswick Hotel at 569 Brunswick Street, New Farm. For more information, visit the forum’s Facebook event page. All guests are asked to reserve their free tickets to the event at the Eventbrite page here.