Welcome to Circumcision Academy of Australia: Advice and help for your son's newborn circumcision

If you are expecting a child, you likely want to do everything you can to keep that child happy, healthy and safe. And as your child grows, you will receive lots of advice from family, friends and medical personnel on how to do just that. But how do you know which information to trust and which to discard?

When it comes to your child’s health, the best advice will be backed by evidence-based scientific studies, such as that offered by the Circumcision Academy of Australia on the benefits of newborn circumcision.

Because many soon-to-be parents are unaware of the benefits of this procedure, we strive to provide educational materials on this subject, as well as recommendations of doctors who can perform this surgery, so that you can make the best decision for your child’s health.

Age-Old Tradition With Modern Relevance

Although newborn circumcision is an age-old practice in many cultures, including Australia, recent studies have presented compelling reasons to continue it in modern days. Below, we outline most of these reasons and provide links to several key studies so you can see the evidence for yourself. We also provide an extensive list of local doctors you can schedule your newborn’s circumcision with.

To learn more about newborn circumcision, read through the material below, follow the links and be sure to subscribe to our weekly updates by emailing brian.morris@sydney.edu.au. You can also call us on (02) 9351 3688 if you have any questions or would like additional information.

About the Circumcision Academy of Australia

About the Circumcision Academy of Australia

A baby who needs a newborn circumcision in Sydney

  • The Circumcision Academy of Australia provides scientifically accurate medical information on male circumcision and contact details of doctors who perform newborn circumcision as well as circumcision of older boys and men in Australia and New Zealand. 
  • The Academy was formed in 2010 at a meeting of leaders in public health policy and medical science at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (now the Kirby Institute, UNSW) at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. The Academy is a not-for-profit incorporated association registered in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Its aims are to provide reliable evidence-based medical research information on why circumcision is important for  public health and individual well-being, as well as circumcision facts arising from the latest research. The Academy also aims to facilitate education on good clinical practice.
  • In this regard it produced the first evidence-based policy statement on infant male circumcision in Australia and published this in a peer-reviewed medical journal: scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=17415 
  • It should be noted that other policy statements in Australia, such as that by the RACP in 2010, are not evidence-based, so should not be relied on. You can read why by accessing the scholarly critique by experts (that included Fellows of the RACP). This was published in an official peer-reviewed journal of the RACP: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22805686
  • The current policy statement on infant male circumcision by the prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics supports the procedure for its health benefits and low risk: pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/08/22/peds.2012-1990?sid=adf5d5c7-b916-43ca-a0cb-662b34e9587d
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also supports circumcision of males in infancy and at later ages, citing the numerous health benefits and low risk: gov/hiv/risk/male-circumcision.html See also: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/male-circumcision.html See also : researchgate.net/publication/315976072_CDC%27s_Male_Circumcision_Recommendations_Represent_a_Key_Public_Health_Measure
  • Free high quality brochures are available at circumcisionaustralia.org and in multiple different languages from circinfo.net
  • The Academy supports parental and individual choice in obtaining elective and parent-approved male circumcision in the Australian community. 
  • The Academy is not aligned with any other medical body nor any religious faith or other entity.
  • International consensus statement on infant male circumcision by 56 Australian and International academic and clinical experts: circumcisionaustralia.org.au/pdf/InternationalStatementCircumcision.pdf

Members are medical practitioners, medical scientists and other health professionals. circumcisionaustralia.org/pdf/CAA_MEMBERS_2019

Find doctors in Australia who perform circumcisions

Help your son by protecting him from adverse medical conditions in early infancy and beyond


The Academy provides an extensivie list of doctors' names, contact details and  other information in order that parents can arrange for their boy to receive a circumcision.

For the free list, simply click: http://www.circumcisionaustralia.org.au/pdf/LOC_ANZ_CAA_2019_08.pdf


What is circumcision?

Circumcision is a simple, quick procedure and is not nearly as traumatic as you might think. It is normally conducted a couple of days after birth of a healthy baby.

How to I care for my baby after circumcision?

Sometimes a baby can be unsettled after circumcision. Be gentle and reassuring with him during the healing process. 

In the meantime, the penis may appear red and swollen. For a few days there may be a yellow crust on the tip. This is normal. Complete healing will take a week or so.

How should I clean my baby after circumcision?

You can use sponge baths to gently wash his penis while it is healing. If poo gets on his penis, you can gently remove it with warm, mild soapy water. Allow the penis to dry by itself, as this will help prevent irritation. Before you consider giving him a full bath, wait until the penis is completely healed and the umbilical cord has dropped off.

What should I do when I change his nappy?

When you change his nappy, you should change the bandage as well. After cleaning him, apply a dab of Vaseline before replacing his nappy. This will help protect the penis and ensure it doesn’t stick to his nappy. At about 48 hours after circumcision, you do not usually need to replace the bandage. Lubricant should still be used though to keep the penis from sticking to the nappy. To reduce risk of infection, you should change his nappy fairly often and ensure that it is not too tight.

Follow your doctor’s advice

If in doubt, ask the doctor who did the circumcision, as after-care may vary according to the technique used by the doctor.

For more information see:


How is circumcision done on a baby?


Why it is important to have your newborn son circumcised


  1. Help your son by protecting him from various adverse medical conditions in early infancy and onwards for the rest of his life.
  2. The benefits of early infant male circumcision include immediate protection against kidney infections, inferior hygiene, physical problems caused by the foreskin, penile inflammation, and later sexually transmitted infections that include HIV, HPV, genital herpes and others, penile and prostate cancer
  3. The benefits exceed the risks by over 100 to 1.: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=morris+bj+2017+world 
  4. Adverse events are uncommon for infant circumcision. Virtually all  are trivial and easily treatable with complete resolution.
  5.  Over their lifetime 1 in 2 uncircumcised males will suffer a medical condition cased by their foreskin. Some of these (genital cancers and HIV/AIDS) can be fatal. (See article relevant to Australia and New Zealand: Early infant male circumcision: Systematic review, risk-benefit analysis, and progress in policy (2017): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=morris+bj+2017+world 
  6. Early circumcision is COST SAVING by reducing need for much more expensive  circumcision later for medical need and expense of treating infections and other medical problems during childhood and adulthood that are more common in the uncircumcised. 
  7. Circumcision will also help protect his future female sexual partner(s) from sexually transmitted infections, such as high-risk HPV that is the cause of almost all cervical cancers, and chlamydia that can cause infertility in women. See.: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30766863 (2019)
  8. Male circumcision is now regarded by many authorities as a 'surgical vaccine'. It makes sense that any responsible parent will take advantage of giving their son the lifelong protection that circumcision affords. 
  9. Early infancy is the best time to have him circumcised. Soon after birth the procedure is quick, cheaper, convenient, very low risk, results in the optimum cosmetic outcome, and the benefits accrue immediately. See: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=morris+bj+2012+%27snip%27
  10. Be aware though that just as there are opponents of childhood vaccination, there are opponents of infant male circumcision. Such 'intactivists' use fallacies and scaremongering to dupe the gullible. A 2019 systematic review of intactivists; claims found them to be disproven by strong scientific evidence. See: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31496128
  11. Sexual function, sensation and pleasure has been proven beyond all reasonable doubt in multiple high quality research studies from around the world to be the same or better in circumcised men. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=morris+bj+2013+sexual+function
  12. The nerve endings responsible for sexual please reside in the head of the penis and underside, NOT the foreskin. Thus circumcision does not reduce sexual pleasure. See systematic review: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sm2.67/full
  13. Women prefer the circumcised penis. Reasons include appearance, better hygiene, greater sexual pleasure, oral sex, and lower risk of STIs, See systematic review:: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31031121
  14. For more information go to: circinfo.net  and  circumcisionaustralia.org
  15. VIDEO: Tara Brown interviews Professor Morris on '60 Minutes' sixtyminutes-fore-and-against-the-case-for-circumcision
  16. VIDEO: Professor Morris explains the benefits and recent trends for  Mayo Clinic Proceedings: youtube.com/watch?v=6Oq9GONsBIk&feature=youtu.be
  17. List of all publications by Academy Members on male circumcision: circumcisionaustralia.org/pdf/Circumcision_Pubs_CAA.pdf

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