Online Survey

While the online survey is now closed, interviews are still being conducted with the following groups of people:

  • People who have become separated or widowed since beginning IVF treatment;
  • People from non-english speaking backgrounds;
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Recipients of eggs, sperm or embryos;
  • Donors of embryos;
  • People who have experienced having a disagreement with their clinic or another third party with respect to the use of their embryos;
  • Men.

If you fit into any of these groups and would like to participate in an interview please contact the research team through our ‘contact us’ page, email our research fellow Eloise Chandler at or call (02) 9514 3118. Details of what the interview will involve can be found below.

If you fall outside the above groups but would still like to have your say and share your experiences, the research team will be conducting a follow up project next year. If you are happy to be contacted as part of that project in 2012, we encourage you to send us your details through the contact us page.  

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the online survey and interviews for their incredibly thoughtful & valuable contributions! We will be publishing the results of this project over the next year – over this time please check the project updates page for our latest publications.

Interview FAQS:

Where will the interview take place?

The interview will be conducted in person (at a location you select or at the University of Technology, Sydney) or by telephone.

What will it involve?

If you participate in an interview, it will be recorded, subject to your consent, to allow subsequent analysis. You will be provided with a written transcript of your interview for verification and correction. Following this, any identifying information will be completely removed from the interview transcripts.

You will also be offered the opportunity to receive a one-page report on the progress of the study at the end of 2010 and 2011.

How much time will it take?

The interview is expected to take between 30 minutes and an hour to complete. 

Can I withdraw?

If you agree to participate in an interview you can change your mind at any time if you do not wish to continue. If this is the case, the audio recording will be erased and the information provided will not be included in the study.

Will anyone else know the results?

All aspects of the study will be strictly confidential (except as required by law) and only the researchers will have access to information collected.  A number of papers and reports analysing the results of the study will eventually be published but no individual participants will be identifiable.

Will the study benefit me?

While there are no direct benefits to participants, we hope that this project will ultimately benefit individuals with embryos in storage and those involved in or considering donation.  We want changes to rules governing the storage and donation of embryos to be informed by the needs and interests of people who have had personal experience with these issues.  We intend the study results to inform future improvements in legal and clinical frameworks around the storage and donation of eggs, sperm and embryos.

Can I tell other people about the study?

Yes.  If you have friends or acquaintances who may also be interested in participating in the study, we encourage you to invite them to our website or email us at:

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact us either by entering your details through the contact us page on this website or emailing us directly at

You can also download our participant information sheets by clicking here.

Click here if you would like to arrange an interview.

NOTE: This study has been approved by the University of Technology, Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any complaints or reservations about any aspect of your participation in this research which you cannot resolve with the researcher, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Research Ethics Officer (ph: +61 2 9514 9772 and quote UTS HREC reference number HREC 2009-262A.  Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.