Baby Hints and Tips supports all parents to raise their babies their way. Are you considering a circumcision for your Brisbane boy? We’ve put together the go-to guide to circumcision clinics in Brisbane with recommendations by community members for Brisbane parents. Note that you must discuss your baby’s circumcision with a Brisbane doctor before making your decision. This article is only to guide you on options for circumcisions in Brisbane.
What kind of doctor performs circumcisions?
In Australia, you will need a referral from your GP to a paediatrician, obstetrician, a general surgeon in a private hospital or a urologist. It is illegal for Australian public hospitals to provide circumcisions without a valid medical reason. Some private hospitals may still offer circumcision but generally these days, circumcisions take place in private clinics when the baby is a few months old. Talk to your GP about the pros and cons of getting your baby boy circumcised before making your final decision.
What you need to know before getting your baby circumcised
Around 32% of Australian males under 30 are circumcised so while it’s not as popular as it used to be, it’s still relatively common in Australia. In 2010 The Royal College of Physicians stated that circumcision is not necessary for good health in Australia. The medical reasons for circumcision include conditions around the size of the foreskin (phimosis and paraphimosis) and recurring bacterial or fungal infections under the foreskin (balanitis). There is some evidence that circumcision can reduce urinary tract infections, penile cancer, HPV, penile skin disorders and STDs however there is debate about how much benefit the foreskin has for risk minimisation.
Generally it’s recommended that circumcisions aren’t performed before six months of age due to potential complications of anaesthetic. You must discuss the risks and benefits of a circumcision with your doctor before making your decisions.
Brisbane Circumcision and Brit Milah (Bris)
Brit Milah (circumcisions performed by a Jewish Mohel) are illegal in some states of Australia, including Queensland. Brisbane Synagogues cannot perform circumcisions. You will need to check local laws if you hope to have a traditional Brit Milah (also known as a Bris) performed in an Australian Synagogue.
In Queensland, a traditional Brit Milah cannot be performed by a Mohel so instead there is a modified ceremony available to Jewish families in Brisbane. The family will usually book their child in for a circumcision between the ages of 8 days and one month and follow it the same day (or within a few days) with a ceremony at their synagogue. These can be combined with Baby Naming Ceremony and other traditional ceremonies.
Circumcision Clinics Brisbane Central
Gentle Procedures – – 1300 755 055
Ascot Family Practice – 153a Racecourse Road, Ascot Qld 4007 – (07) 3268 2318
Circumcision Clinics Brisbane North and Moreton Bay Region
Vasectomy Care – 27 South Pine Road,Brendale QLD 4500 – (07) 3889 9120
Gentle Procedures – 1270 Sandgate Rd, Nundah QLD 4012 – 1300 755 055
Keperra Family Practice – Cnr Samford & Settlement Roads Keperra QLD 4054 – 07 3351 0323
Circumcision Clinics Brisbane South, Logan, Redlands and Ipswich
Russel Medical -620 Kessels Rd (via Benaud St), MacGregor QLD 4109 – (07) 3349 6444
Circumcision Brisbane – Logan Central Medical Centre 1 Wembley Rd, Logan Central Brisbane, QLD 4114 – (07) 3208 7656
South East Queensland Surgery – Suite 9 McCullough Centre 259 McCullough Street Sunnybank QLD 4109 – (07) 3112 1306
Doctors @ Logan Central – 2 Wembley Road (Corner of Kingston Road) Logan Central, QLD 4114 – (07) 3299 4870
Kenmore Medical Centre – 2081 Moggill Road Kenmore QLD 4069 – (07) 3363 1600
Edith St Medicentre – 118 Edith Street, Wynnum QLD 4178 – (07) 3348 6088