Meet the ‘Circumcision Academy of Australia’

In 2010, an organisation calling itself the ‘Circumcision Foundation of Australia’ (CFA) was established, with the sole aim of reversing the dramatic decline in the number of neonatal circumcisions that are performed in Australia. For reasons unknown, in the middle of 2014, the CFA re-branded itself as the ‘Circumcision Academy of Australia’ (CAA). The CAA presents itself as being a group of credible, well educated ‘public health advocates’ but its stance puts it severely at odds with conventional wisdom on this issue. In fact, as The Age has previously reported, ‘no authoritative health policy maker in any jurisdiction with a frequency of relevant health conditions as low as that in Australia recommends circumcision as a public health measure’. Anyone who takes a closer look at the activities and associations of the CAA’s members will therefore surely ask themselves the following question: ‘What are the real motivations of the Circumcision Academy of Australia?’

In the interests of transparency and public awareness, Intactivists of Australasia have compiled the following dossier on the key members of the CAA.

BRIAN J MORRIS:

Morris was a founding member of ‘The Gilgal Society’, a UK based pro-circumcision organisation. Until 2012, the Gilgal Society was led by Vernon Quaintance, who was found guilty of possessing child pornography in 2012 and who is currently facing more similar charges. As of today, Morris’s personal pro-circumcision website still contains a link to ‘a list of possible circumcisers’. That document originally contained the Gilgal Society logo but in the aftermath of Quaintance’s arrest Morris removed any reference to Gilgal in that (and other) downloadable documents. Morris also had a poem written by Quaintance in the ‘circumcision humour’ section of his site. The same page also featured a photo of a young boy with his penis trapped inside a mobile phone. Possibly as a result of personal embarrassment created by Intactivists of Australasia, Morris has since removed the ‘circumcision humour’ page from his website.

In December 2011, Morris was directed by his previous employer (University of Sydney) to remove his site from their servers. Morris subsequently moved that site to another server but, curiously, a ‘whois’ search revealed that the CFA website was being hosted by University of Sydney servers.

Morris is clearly very sensitive about any criticism of his long-standing advocacy in favour of circumcision. When the international whistleblower organisation ‘Circleaks’ published details of his activities, Morris attempted to suppress it by creating a user account, which he subsequently used to delete the entire contents of the page. That attempt failed and the information revealed by Circleaks remains publicly available.

Given all of the above, it appears valid to ask the following question: Is Morris’s stance on circumcision based on ‘public health advocacy’, or is it based on something else?

TERENCE RUSSELL:

Russell is the President of the CAA. He is also the principal operator of ‘Circumcision Australia’, a small group of Doctors based in Brisbane and Melbourne who proudly claim that they have performed ‘over 30,500 circumcisions’ in the last 20 years. Russell himself has been performing circumcisions for more than 35 years. As such, Russell clearly has a significant financial vested interest in the promotion of circumcision.

In 2004, Russell was reprimanded, ordered to repay $4,488.88 and to undergo counseling by the Professional Services Review (PSR), an independent Commonwealth body established to ‘protect the integrity of the Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits schemes’. The PSR found that Russell ‘opportunistically diagnosed tongue-tie’ in patients referred to him for circumcisions. It found that 90% of such procedures performed by him (for which a Medicare rebate was claimed) were ‘inappropriate’ on the grounds that there were ‘no clinical indications for the services’ rendered.

Given all of the above, it appears valid to ask the following question: Is Russell’s stance on circumcision based on ‘public health advocacy’, or is it based on something else?

ALEX WODAK:

Wodak has regularly relied upon heavily criticised studies on HIV/AIDS in Africa to support his view that circumcision should be used as a frontline defense against the disease in Australia. His views on this matter lie in stark contrast with those of Australia’s peak medical body, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, which has stated that it ‘does not believe the African data can be directly extrapolated to the Australian or New Zealand circumstance’. In addition to that, Wodak, of all peope, would surely be aware of the fact that the decline in the number of HIV infections being reported in Australia since the 1980’s has occurred concurrently with a steep decline in the number of infant circumcisions being performed.

A Google search reveals that Wodak has made many statements extolling the virtues of circumcision but only one quote could be found in which he promotes the use of condoms (and he mentions circumcision in that statement too). This appears somewhat bizarre, given that the effectiveness of condoms in the prevention of HIV/AIDS is not in dispute, whereas the effectiveness of circumcision remains a matter of great controversy.

Wodak has not made his religious or cultural background public. He is, of course, under no obligation to do so (and nor should he be). It is known however that Australia’s Jewish community claims Wodak as one of their own and that he has participated in at least one public forum hosted by Melbourne’s Jewish community.

Given all of the above, it appears valid to ask the following question: Is Wodak’s stance on circumcision based on ‘public health advocacy’, or is it based on something else?

ANTHONY DILLEY:

In January 2011, The Herald Sun reported that Dilley performs ‘up to 40 circumcisions a week’. Respondents in online forums (including the ‘Huggies’ website) have claimed that Dilley receives a fee of up to $600 for each circumcision that he performs.

Dilley clearly derives a significant amount of income from a business model which is heavily reliant upon his ability to entice customers (parents) who will pay him to circumcise their sons. As such, Dilley  has a significant financial vested interest in the promotion of circumcision. Interestingly, a previous visit to Dilley’s website confirmed that he, like Terence Russell, has had a particular interest in performing tongue-tie surgeries.

Given all of the above, it appears valid to ask the following question: Is Dilley’s stance on circumcision based on ‘public health advocacy’, or is it based on something else?

MICHAEL LOWY:

The independent Australian whistleblower organisation ‘Crikey’ has Lowy on its ‘Register of Influence’, which seeks to ‘identify some of the associations between key opinion leaders and industry marketing or disease-awareness campaigns’. Lowy, who is a ‘sexual health physician’ is also a board member of ‘Impotence Australia’, an organisation which receives its funding from the makers of the three most popular anti-impotence drugs (Viagra, Levitra and Cialis). Recent studies have been published which indicate a probable link between circumcision and impotence.

Crikey does not allege any impropriety by Lowy. It invites those listed on the register to provide a response. Thus far, Lowy has declined to do so. Given the above, it would  appear to be valid to ask the following question: Is Lowy’s stance on circumcision based on ‘public health advocacy, or is it based on something else?’

ROBIN J WILLCOURT:

In 1999, Willcourt was found guilty of disorderly conduct, whilst practicing as a Gynecologist/Obstetrician in the USA. The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) subsequently found that the offense constituted ‘a crime involving moral turpitude’ and ordered him to pay $4,055.35 ‘for costs involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case against him’. It also required him to perform 20 hours of ‘uncompensated public service’. The exact details of the offence committed by Willcourt are not known however, during its deliberations, one of the members of the NBME said the following about Willcourt’s explanation of the incident: ‘just imagine you’re there in the bushes and you’re taking a leak and somebody comes up behind you and starts talking dirty and you produce an erect penis. I don’t think I buy that. I think that is inconsistent physiologically. That’s one of the biggest holes I see in this case.’ Another said ‘I have a very difficult time believing this sequence of events and his explanation for it’.

ADRIAN MINDEL:

Like Lowy, Mindel is named on Crikey’s ‘Register of Influence’. Mindel is a Professor of Sexual Health Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is also a board member of the ‘The Australian Herpes Management Forum’, which receives funding from several large drug companies, principally Novartis. As with Lowy, Mindel has declined to respond to Crikey’s listing on the register.

Given the above, it appears valid to ask the following question: Is Mindel’s stance on circumcision based on ‘public health advocacy, or something else?

KAREN A DUGGAN

Duggan is a Sydney based Nephrologist (renal specialist). She is listed as a co-author of the CAA’s defining document, ‘Infant male circumcision: An evidence based policy statement’.

In its discussion of urinary tract infections (UTI’s) and renal disease, the CAA document claimed that a UK study had found that ‘cumulative prevalence (of UTI’s) to age 16 was 3.6% in uncircumcised boys’, however the article in question actually made no reference at all to the circumcision status of the boys included in its study. The CAA document also claimed that circumcision ‘protects against recurrence’ of UTI’s. It cited an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as supporting evidence for that claim, however the JAMA article stated quite clearly that ‘the lack of circumcision documentation in 47% of male children limited our ability to accurately assess risk based on this important factor’.

Given all of the evidence provided above, it appears valid to ask the following question: Is the CAA’s promotion of routine circumcision of male minors in Australia based on ‘public health advocacy’, or is it based on something else? Thus far, Intactivists of Australasia have not sighted any response from the members of CAA which satisfies our curiosity about their stance on this important human rights issue. If you are similarly unconvinced about the motivations of the CAA please click this link to support our petition which opposes the questionable agenda of the CAA.

29 thoughts on “Meet the ‘Circumcision Academy of Australia’

  1. These revelations are explosive!

    Intactivists have long believed those who advocate for non-therapeutic circumcision always do so for reasons of self-interest (financial, religious and sexual motivations) and never for reasons of children’s health or public health, regardless of their stated motivations.

    It is appalling to see a group of Australian academics and professionals blatantly misusing their positions and profiles in society to lobby state and federal governments using false and misleading information in support of a practice which seriously violates the most private parts and most basic human rights of babies.

    Thank you for exposing this fraud. The forced genital cutting of boys has masqueraded as legitimate medicine for over a century, but the case is rapidly – finally – collapsing around the world as the harmful, medically useless and unethical (and potentially unlawful) nature of the practice is exposed.

    The Circumcision Foundation of Australia stands condemned of being nothing more than a self-interested lobby group dedicated solely to the excision of functional, erogenous tissue from the penises of healthy little boys. A practice which always results in damage, sometimes results in serious injury and occasionally results in the death of otherwise perfectly healthy little boys.

    • Bulldust! Just tell what does the “west” have going for it today? Circ rates are over 90% in the Phillipines (near Australia) and around 50% in Queensland and rising, you’re talking trash!!! Your data is from the 1970’s, typical Communist trash (Circumcision was banned in the Soviet Union and banned in Socialist Sweden today). Get over it, you’re a pinko!

  2. Now can you do the same for the Task Force on Circumcision of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am sure CFA will be touting the new report to be released Monday and will be using it to try to get the RACP to reverse its anti-circumcision stance

  3. A personal preference for a circumcised penis or having boys circumcised is not a public health rationale, most of the civilised world is debating the human rights and legality of infamt male circumcision!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ohh get a life tosser! Europe is being taken over by “tough” Muslims. Your western culture today, is piss-weak, politically-correct and effimate! I’m a Sunni Muslim convert, originally Ashkenazi Jewish, so I’m circumcised. As much I hate aspects of the Jewish culture, at least they circumcize their boys, when they’re young!

  4. This expose is tough, to the point, and smart.
    The CFA is simply a front organisation for Brian Morris and his mates.

  5. The CFA and a paper by Morris both cite the Conway paper in JAMA to claim that circumcision prevents recurrent UTIs, on the basis of this sentence:

    “Among male children in whom circumcision status was known, 5 of 26 (19%) uncircumcised vs 0 of 10 circumcised children had a recurrent UTI (P = .13).”

    Morris cites the “19%” figure without any caveats.

    Not only, as Conway says, “‘the lack of circumcision documentation in 47% of male children limited our ability to accurately assess risk based on this important factor’. but those 47% are only boys with UTIs. To accurately assess risk based on this factor would also require circumcision information about the ~35,000 boys in the study WITHOUT UTIs, and even then it would only establish correlation, which could be confounded if forcible premature retraction was causing more UTIs in the non-circumcised boys.

    To summarise:
    74,974 children

    543 girls with UTI,
    75 girls with recurrent UTI,

    68 boys with UTI 26 intact 10 circumcised 32 unknown
    8 boys with recurrent UTI.
    of the 8, 5 intact boys with recurrent UTI, 3 of unknown circumcision status with recurrent UTI

    On the basis of the 5/26 intact boys with recurrent UTIs, Morris says
    “Recurrent UTIs occur in 19% of uncircumcised boys, but in none of the circumcised.” – Morris, B, Why Circumcision is a biomedical imperative for the 21st Century, BioEssays 29:11, 1151,

    This is not just wrong, it is scandalously dishonest.

    • Thanks, Hugh.

      Out of 75000 subjects, 75 girls, 5 intact boys, and 3 boys of unknown status had recurrent UTIs.
      And the CFA claims that that is grounds for eradicating the foreskin at birth as a matter of routine??

      In 1980, the pioneering intactivist Edward Wallerstein published a book demolishing all of the medical literature, extant as of that date, defending RIC. He showed how article after article defending RIC in the American medical literature relied on bizarre and shonky reasoning. I see that the illogic he found in the 1970s is still all too much with us, thanks to the CFA!

    • Are you a Mexican Catholic, Hugh? Isn’t it funny how the Catholic church opposes an operation, which would help remove the need of using condoms, that the Catholic church also opposes as well. Catholic Church & Tony Abbott-bastion of hypocrisy! Catholicism sucks!!!!

  6. I am writing a doctorate on male circumcision, and am familiar with the body of Brian Morris’s work. Unknowingly to him, he is my intellectual nemesis. Thank you for posting this, and I will keep a close eye on your site.

  7. CAN YOU PLEASE ADD THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO YOUR WEBSITE, I AM GOING TO GET THIS PUT ON CIRCLEAKS AS WELL.

    Dr Ginni Mansberg is an Australian GP who regularly appears on Sunrise – a breakfast television program on the Seven Network. On several occasions, Ginni has come onto the program to talk about infant circumcision, and presented heavily biased information on the issue in an attempt to persuade parents to have their boys circumcised. Mansberg is an integral part of the Sunrise program’s cleverly disguised sales campaign for circumcision. During Mansberg’s appearances on the program, she pretends to offer a balanced perspective on circumcision by covering both Benefits and Dangers of the procedure, although her pro-circumcision agenda is quite apparent when the following is taken into consideration. She mentions only a few of the immediate risks involved with the procedure, (such as bleeding and infection, which she then plays down), neglects to mention the pain and psychological trauma associated with the procedure, and tries to discredit anyone who suggests that loss of sexual pleasure can result from being circumcised, with fallacious claims like this: “There has been some arguments by some groups that it (circumcision) does decrease sexual function and sexual experience for those boys later on, although that seems to have been categorically disproved by this study”. This propaganda is contrary to the advice issued by responsible medical bodies and human rights advocates and is intended to confuse and mislead parents, and scare them into demanding circumcision for their boys.

    • What’s wrong about that? Yeah it’s nice that fair-skinned “Eurasian” people (like yourself) from Sweden, Hungary,Finland, Russia, Japan and China all are opposed to circumcision and I respect your people for that, But Hey! We’re living in Australia- the people here are dull, primitive, provincial morons and behave like animals!!! Circumcison is essential for all younger Aussies and Kiwis and other southern Asians, because of their risky sexual activities will make younger Australians more prone to catching the HIV virus. To Mr Wong, we were from a different ‘civilised’ Australia from the 1970′, 80’s & early 90’s. The younger youth of Australia today are pathetic crude creatures, who have no morals left and the decaying urban scene of today’s Australia can be compared to America from the 1920’s-1970s-rough dangerous, violent, high levels of drug use (like ICE) , broken people, left without moral guidance. For the safety of the general public these disease-ridden, corrupted youth should be circumcised “moderate” to “tight” ASAP

  8. I agree with Morris you people don’t have a clue what your talking about, circumcision is a perfectly healthy procedure and protects against many diseases. Circumcising newborns should be compulsory with no exceptions, many foolish parents chose not to circumcise because of people like you who rant on about how amazing the foreskin is. A foreskin causes painful problems but with just a painless snip at birth removes all these issues. Doctors are now doing “loose circucisions” due to the anti circ crowd but this is appalling, every child should benefit from a tight cut not a filthy foreskin or loose cut where smegma and diseases can breed. Any child of mine will be cut instantly at birth, tight as possible, just as it’s meant to be. Any parent who cares about their boys would get them cut at birth as well.

    • Oh, gee willikers! What a surprise!
      A Brian Morris groupie fetishist spewing their twisted hate towards the normal, natural male body.
      You obviously know zero about male anatomy or what smegma actually is.
      Get therapy! Your self-hate is showing. Cut up your own body and leave the babies alone.

      • Sorry Mia, the young kids of Australia, are very different from our generation of kids in the 1960’s & ’70’s.. Many Jewish doctors also oppose mass-circumcision, but unfortunately with the “ICE” drug, we can’t take any risks. A new strand of HIV mutant-virus is arriving from Africa and it will hit Australia and America with a vengeance! Circumcision among the “zonked” out drug affected youth-is no longer an option-it should be mandatory-like vaccines. We can’t take any chances!

    • “A foreskin causes painful problems…”
      Very occasionally, like any body part. It usually supplies considerable pleasure.

      “…but with just a painless snip at birth removes all these issues.”
      It is not painless, regardless of the age at which it is done. It is not a snip but minor surgery. RIC “solves” to the extent that an absent foreskin cannot malfunction. But it creates new problems that American medicine refuses to investigate.

      “Doctors are now doing “loose circumcisions” due to the anti circ crowd…”
      Doctors cut less off because because of the nontrivial number of grown men who would turn up at urologists and reveal a penis not having enough skin for comfortable erections.

      “…a filthy foreskin or loose cut where smegma and diseases can breed.”
      You are prejudging the matter. Smega is harmless and washes away very easily. No irresponsible sexual behaviour, no disease except some UTIs in infancy.

      “Any child of mine will be cut instantly at birth, tight as possible, just as it’s meant to be.”
      Doing so will put his adult sex life, and that of his partners, at risk.

      • To ‘concerned cynic’, these doctors may be Jewish and all for the Jewish-style “pariah” tight style circumcision. But with the onset of serious HIV infections from Africa and south-east Asia and high levels of drug use among Australian youth ,we can’t take any chances anymore! You are judging the situation from a 1970’s perspective. Young people were more “civilised”, than the younger people of today. The kids of today are very different from the kids of the 1960’s and 70’s!
        The younger people of today seriously worry me! They mimic the wild young people of America from the Wild West and urban slums like 1920’s Chicago or New York. The young people in Australia today, partake in very dangerous activities, in particular drug-taking, especially the “ICE” drug, which can lead to dangerous un-protected sex. We must view ‘circumcision’ among our male infants and youth as another ‘vaccine’ against the spreading of the HIV virus, which can affect even mature,older Australians(using hospital facilities), who may depend on blood transfusions etc Condoms are totally useless!!!

    • My circumcision is not tight and I do not accumulate smegma. I have never had a UTI and best of all, I do not need lubricant for masturbatory activity like tightly circumcised males do. I was circumcised at birth also.

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  10. These people would have to be the most reprehensible zealots in Australia, headed by the infamous Brian J Morris. Cant stand any of them!! Circumcision is ugly and barbaric!

    • To Sarah-Not when it comes to our youth of today. The youth of today are virtually are all on hard-drugs (like ICE and party pills etc) and engage in dangerous un-protected sex, whilst under the influence of drugs. Circumcision should be viewed as a “vaccine” against infecting the general population, from new vicious strands of HIV from Africa. I don’t give a tuppence if you are offended by my comments or not, but this is the real hard-core reality of the situation Australia is facing today. Here’s my poem-
      HONESTY
      Whether I’m rich
      Or whether I’m poor
      I always speak my mind
      I am not a whore!

      Don’t tell me what to think
      I will have my say
      At the end of the day
      I will do it my way!

  11. I was intact up until 6 months ago and everything mentioned is true. I no longer feel any sensation whatsoever. What was once a mind blowing experience, an all body and mind experience has gone. These thousands of nerves that have gone affect pleasure and the brain. As a result I have gone into depression. Having this done as an adult I know both sides and it is unreal. This makes men angry, it stops us from loving, it makes relationships meaningless because the love, the feelings, the intimacy have all been taken. Is it a coincidence that the nations that do this usually have a male population who are angry and aggressive, women who are unhappy. This destroys what nature intended. I do not think I will ever get married or be intimate again, because hard, aggressive intercourse is not me and that it what this has made me. I was a passion, warm, tender lover now I am the opposite and would rather not inflict that on a partner or myself because it is not me. I cannot tell you how sad I am.

    http://Www.forgen.org

    There is hope, there is an organisation called Forgen who are intending to regenerate the foreskin. The science is there but doctors and the medical community do not want this for obvious reasons. This brings them money and gives the government exactly what they want, unhappy people. Please if you can visit the website http://www.foregen.org Like us on facebook, converse with us on twitter and please donate if you can. We require 5000 members at $10 a month to make this happen in 5 years. The more support we get, the sooner this can happen. There are millions of unhappy men and women out there. Once this comes to fruition and it will, this evil barbaric procedure will end forever. The project is really starting to take off. The results of the first experiment on bovine foreskins will be released on September “15th. The organisation also has permission to experiment on donated human foreskins which will be acquired hopefully by the end of the year. Please support and help if you can and spread awareness. This has to happen in order for it to end once and for all. We require 5000. The more support we get, the sooner this can happen. There are millions of unhappy men and women out there. Once this comes to fruition and it will, this evil barbaric procedure will end forever.

  12. To Sarah D, you’re wrong!!! I’m glad I was done as a baby boy by my Jewish parents (I have converted to Sunni Islam since). Australia is not part of Europe! We live in a warm climate and so does most of the south-west of America. The warm weather (and California, Texas, Nevada etc) causes many of the “issues” in foreskins. We don’t live in 19th Century England, we live in the 21st Century Asia-Pacific, Sarah and in the warm tropic zone part (from places like Thailand, Phillipines & Hawaii towards Queensland-hardly European). The circ rate in the Phillipines is over 90% and most of the people in that country are Catholic and Pentacostal Christian (& 10% are Sunni Muslim) . Even the English and Irish men get it “done” these days in the “moderate” style. Many Spanish men get done when they’re kids in the “looser” style. A lot of Sunni Muslims live in Europe these days. You have a very out-of-date view of today’s Europe, Sarah!

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