Now that the ABS has released it population data for the last financial year, we can calculate the circumcision rate for preschool aged boys (ie aged 0-4 years).
Nationally there were 755,730 boys in that cohort and 21,145 Medicare rebates, so the cumulative rate for the year to June 2011 was 14.0%.
Note that public hospitals no longer offer elective circumcision so these figures include all procedures except:
This probably accounts for about another 1 per cent, making the final, total rate for boys aged 0-4 years about 15%.
- "Medically necessary" circumcisions performed by hospital doctors on public patients.
- Circumcisions performed outside a medical setting (ie mohels).
- Circumcisions eligible for a rebate but not claimed by the parents.
The absolute number of rebates declined in all States and the NT (there were 5 more in the ACT), with the largest fall being in Queensland, from 6,190 to 4,543, bringing the rate in that State down from 19.4% to the national average. The highest rate was NSW, at almost 20%, and the lowest was Tasmania at 2.5%. Victoria and WA were both around 10%, SA somewhat higher and the ACT and NT less.
The rates for older boys remain small (less than 1% for each five-year cohort) and stable, suggesting these procedures are medically indicated rather than elective.
Most circumcisions were performed on boys aged under 6 months (18,503) with a rate for that cohort of 12.2%.
This gentle fall in the rate can be expected to continue over the next decade as the proportion of fathers who are themselves intact increases.
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22-12-2011 17:11 #1
Final circumcision figures for 2010-11
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23-12-2011 09:53 #2Junior Member
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circumcision rates in Australia
Thanks John for those figures. It is worth mentioning that at least 1% of the 15% circed are muslim, so the decline amougst non muslims would be even more pronounced. We have had an influx of muslims in recent years.
23-12-2011 10:06 #3
Thanks for that John.
23-12-2011 10:30 #4
Okay, I'm confused and my math is terrible but how is 21,145 14% of 755,730? I calculate it to be less than 3%? Unless I missed something and there was some other figure?
Either way, yay for a decline in circumcisions!
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23-12-2011 10:36 #5
we see more of a decrease in the next 5 years.
23-12-2011 10:40 #6
23-12-2011 10:58 #7
Last edited by JohnC; 23-12-2011 at 12:58. Reason: clarified and expanded
23-12-2011 12:45 #8
Put another way, almost a quarter of all circumcisions in this age group are for religious reasons.
23-12-2011 17:47 #9
Thanks for the info JohnC!
I shared it with my intactivist friends on Facebook... some are asking for a link the the study/article? If you could link me, that would be awesome!
23-12-2011 18:49 #10
In this case, the data is fairly easy to obtain: rebate data comes from the online Medicare statistics database (items 30653 and 30656), and demographic data from the ABS ERP spreadsheets, released on Monday. (It should be noted that prior to 2010, incidence estimates for circumcision are greatly confounded by the availability of elective circumcision in public hospitals, which require complicated data extraction procedures.)
I have good quality data on circumcision in Australia going back to 1940s, so if you want further information, data tables etc, don't hesitate to PM me.
Last edited by JohnC; 23-12-2011 at 18:53. Reason: clarity
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