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Circumcision in Melbourne

Note: This article is only a guide and it’s necessary to discuss this with a Melbourne doctor before making this decision.

For those considering circumcision in Melbourne it can be a very stressful process. There’s a lot to know and consider to decide whether it’s the best for your child and, if so, how and where one would go about getting the procedure done. So we’ve created a guide with answers to all your questions from those who’ve had them themselves.

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What you need to know about Circumcision in Melbourne

People consider circumcision for many reasons: health, cultural and religious. In Australia it is illegal for circumcisions to be preformed in public hospitals for non-medical necessities. Circumcisions are generally not considered a medical necessity except in extreme conditions. If you think your child may need to be circumcised for medical reasons, you must consult your doctor. Otherwise, to get a circumcision you need a doctor’s referral for it to be preformed in a private practise or a private hospital. In order to avoid complications with the anaesthetic, it is generally recommended to circumcise your child after they are six months old. It is necessary for you to discuss the pros and cons of circumcision with your doctor before making your final decision.

Brit Malah (Bris) in Melbourne

There are several states in Australia in which Brit Malah (circumcisions performed by a Jewish Mohel) are forbidden. However, several Melbourne synagogues preform traditional naming ceremonies, including Brit Malah. Many synagogues will differ on how this ceremony is preformed, including whether the Brit Malah can be preformed in your home. It is necessary to check local laws if you wish to have a naming ceremony in a Melbourne synagogue.

Melbourne Circumcision Clinics (with feedback from our community)

Melbourne Circumcision Centre – Chandler Road Medical Centre, 127 Chandler Road, Noble Park – (03) 9791 1122

Melbourne Circumcision Centre – Camberwell Road Medical Practice, 124-126 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East – (03) 9834 7600

We have had both our sons done here by a Jewish Dr with 30 years experience. Our boys were done at 1 & 2 weeks old.    April

He is amazing!    Melissa

Cannot recommend Dr Goldman enough when you do darl…. my little man is now 6 & it was quick easy & so professional & no issues with healing….. Several of my other friends utilised him as well & as you can see from others many have as well.    Sherree

Dr Goldman was brilliant! Good luck!   Kate 

Dr hersel is fantastic.   Leokardia

Dr Goldman has  apparently done over 30, 000 of them throughout his career. Our son was circumcised at 2 weeks by him and his recovery was brilliant … As if nothing had happened … highly recommended.    Adrina 

Circumwise -1/1095 Frankston Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs, Vic 3201 – (03) 9886 3336

Very helpful and good.    Nic

Dr Lionel Steinberg – Suite 2, Ground Floor, 59-61 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, 3056, Victoria – (03) 9486 0366

He was very experienced.    Leah

Gentle Procedures Melbourne -369 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia and 2 Ridgemont Dr, Berwick VIC 3806, Australia -(03) 9808 1244

Melbourne Urology Consultants -Suite 6, 206 Albert St, East Melbourne, 3002 – 1300 692 171

Victoria Circumcision Clinic -Highlands Medical Centre, Shop 22 Stockland Highlands, 300 – 332 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn, Victori, 3064 – (03) 8339 7200

Islamic Circumcision Centre – 9A Olsen place, Broadmeadows, Victoria, 3047 – 0422 203 444

Dr Peter Wein -Freemasons Medical Centre, Suite 114, 320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, VIC, 3002 – 9418 8210

Melbourne Vasectomy & Circumcision -241 Heaths Road, Werribee, 3030 – (03) 9748 9777

Melbourne Vasectomy & Circumcision -176 Cotham Road Kew, 3101 – (03) 9817 7071

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  1. Avataramma says:

    Dr Herschel Goldman at Chandler Road med center was awesome. Healed in around a week’s time. No issues. Definitely going with him again for our next boy.

  2. AvatarAmy says:

    We used Circumwise in Vermont South and they were brilliant. For those in Country Victoria, the Rich River Medical Clinic in Echuca perform circumcision up to 4 weeks of age.

  3. AvatarLauren says:

    We had our five week old son done by Dr Hershel Goldman, Noble Park. Lovely man. Would recommend him for sure.

  4. AvatarAF says:

    Dr Hunt at Echuca Regional Health will do them before 4 weeks. Great doctor.
    Dr Gough at the same practise also performs then, he done a plastibell circumcision on my son at 6 weeks, but they don’t like to do them that late. He was very supportive, gave me his mobile to SMS any concerns regarding healing.

  5. AvatarChris R says:

    Circumcision’s only research based benefits are from studies which have had one or more of their methodology, ethics, and overall data/findings challenged by multiple academics and academic boards; outing them as nonfactual if not deliberately misleading. Most of this is done deliberately by one or more of the key ‘researchers’ who more often than not have something to benefit out of finding a shred of concrete evidence that male genital cutting is medically desirable.
    As with FGM, which is a disgusting and barbaric form of sexual oppression with its roots firmly in diminishing sexual desire by decreasing sexual pleasure, MGM has 4 levels of severity ranging from a cut (or nick) of the skin through to total amputation of the glans and/or testes. In modern culture the removal of the ‘hood’ is the most common for boys, and the removal of the clitoral hood is the most common form of FGM. The main difference is that cultures who undertake FGM are well aware of it’s effect on sexuality, and quite often acknowledge this as the desired outcome. Somewhere in the last 200 years western culture has fought tooth and nail to give all races, and both sexes equality in almost all areas, but not when it comes to the genital mutilation of our sons and daughters. Most people are innocently ignorant on this issue and their opinions stem from a mixture of: social normality in their immediate community(s) (although globally MGM is quite uncommon), the perpetuation of incorrect and unsupported statements, and misleading research produced either for financial or emotional benefit to one or more senior researchers.

    For soon to be parents who, for no fault of their own, have little knowledge of this practice but wish to make an informed decision, sites and articles like this are very harmful. A well written article which seems to be adequately reinforced by statistics may be enough for some parents. With so much information available free and instantly now thanks to the internet boom, these parents will sooner or later either discover or be made aware of the heinous thing they allowed to happen to their child. Even if they are still happy with their decision they will have done so with the belief in what they read here. A permanent alteration to their child’s body will be based on deception.

    This isn’t to say that the author, or website owner have done this deliberately or with any malicious intent but as somewhere parents come looking for advice the advice provided should be accurate wherever possible (with the amount of information available from academia, medical bodies, and historical documentation this isn’t uninformed journalism, this is lazy and irresponsible presentation of lies and opinions).
    I sincerely hope parents at least look further into the subject prior to deciding if they are unlucky enough to be on this page at all.

    Please retract this page, and/or your whole site, until ethical reporting standards are met

  6. Avatarbl says:

    Many words Chris…but little meaning to us.
    Too many friends that haven’t done it have had sons live with terrible infections throughout their young lives…too cruel to watch… so circumcision was a must for my 3 sons 🙂