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Health Minister John Hill today will announce an immediate ban on "cosmetic" circumcision.

"The Health Department has a responsibility to ensure access to elective surgery is based on sound medical reasons," he said yesterday. "Cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, facelifts and male circumcision will only be provided if assessed and justified on true clinical grounds.

"This will improve the demand on beds, clinical resources and theatre time."

In the past financial year, 274 circumcisions were performed on children in the state's public hospitals. SA is the last state to take a stand against circumcision. "Both nationally and overseas, doctors agree there is no medical benefit to routine circumcision with the procedure as low as 2 per cent in the UK," Mr Hill said.
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274 circumcised out of 10,000 or so births
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Good.

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I'm discussing this on another board...does anyone know if circs are normally done in an operating room in Australia?

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I'm discussing this on another board...does anyone know if circs are normally done in an operating room in Australia?
Most circs in Australia are done in private clinics.

One single practice does half the circs in Brisbane, which consequently
is the circ capital of Australia.

The only state where its covered in public hospitals is the northern territory
where the rate is only about 2% anyway and the population is small.
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Ah, OK thanks for the info.

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If people in Australia are desperate to get their kids cut, there are ways around it - and they've even worked out a way to get it done for free (the government pays through Medicare). Sick.

I'm disgusted that I even know. Someone getting their son cut told us about it. We haven't spoken to them much since then (but I didn't feel quite so mean when their feelings got hurt after nearly everyone told them how horrible it was - both the circ and the deceitful claiming of medicare ... and that's in a state where circumcision is not available in hospitals - it was done in a doctor's surgery).
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If people in Australia are desperate to get their kids cut, there are ways around it - and they've even worked out a way to get it done for free (the government pays through Medicare). Sick.

I'm disgusted that I even know. Someone getting their son cut told us about it. We haven't spoken to them much since then (but I didn't feel quite so mean when their feelings got hurt after nearly everyone told them how horrible it was - both the circ and the deceitful claiming of medicare ... and that's in a state where circumcision is not available in hospitals - it was done in a doctor's surgery).
Well, hopefully when their son grows up, he will turn around and bite them for doing it. WHY when it is so difficult and obviously not the thing to do, did they go and do it? Even to the point of LYING and FRAUD???? If they've made a fraudulent claim, someone should dob them in to the authorities.

Good grief.
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I'm glad South Australia has taken finally taken this step.

Still, I think it is still very easy to have a circumcision performed on your son in the states that have already limited it- such as my state, Queensland.

THere are a lot of Aussies blokes out there pushing for circumcision because it makes 'the lad look like his dad' & the few hospitals I have known won't fight it if the father makes a big fuss. ime.

It's been a few years now since our son was born, so I don't fully know what the current trends are. Our DS doesn't 'look like' his dad, but he is nonetheless remarkably well-adjusted anyway.

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THere are a lot of Aussies blokes out there pushing for circumcision because it makes 'the lad look like his dad'
Immaturity plus an inferiority complex are a dangerous combination.
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Immaturity plus an inferiority complex are a dangerous combination.

Welcome to Australia.

She says with a dry sense of humour....

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