1983 ACP Circumcision Policy Statement

The Australian College of Paediatrics
P. O. Box 30
Parkville, Victoria.


  1. The ACP should continue to discourage the practice of circumcision in the newborn male infant.
  2. Educational material on the topic of circumcision should be available to parents before the birth of their baby and also in maternity hospitals. This will facilitate informed discussion with their medical attendant.
  3. Some parents after considering medical, social, religious and family factors will opt for circumcision of their infant. It is then the responsibility of the medical attendant to recommend that this circumcision be performed at an age and under medical circumstances that reduce the hazards to a minimum.

This statement was reviewed by the ACP on 28 May 1991.

(Courtesy of NOCIRC of Australia.)

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