Western Australia Medical Association
The Western Australia Medical Association (WAMA) is the medical trade association for medical doctors who practice medicine in the state of West Australia. The WAMA maintains an office at 14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009.
Warning against infant circumcision
Dr Mark Duncan-Smith, the president of the association, issued a warning to parents on 10 December 2021 regarding non-therapeutic child circumcision. Dr. Duncan-Smith said parents should only "follow through with the procedure if there is a valid medical reason." According to Dr Duncan-Smith only about ten percent of boys in Western Australian are now being circumcised. Dr Duncan-Smith failed to point out that there are no valid medical indications for non-therapeutic circumcision of infant boys.
The warning followed a disastrous day (Tuesday, 7 December 2021) in Perth, WA in which a two-year-old boy died after a non-therapeutic circumcision and his eight-month old brother almost bled out due to hemorrhage following non-therapeutic circumcision. The younger boy required emergency surgery at Perth Childrens Hospital to save his life.
- Official website. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
- Wondracz, Aidan (9 December 2021)."Parents are warned against circumcising their children after a toddler, 2, died 'of a reaction to anaesthetic' and his baby brother almost bled out", Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
- White, Nic (8 February 2021)."Toddler, 2, dies and his baby brother is fighting for life 'after botched circumcisions' as homicide cops are called to investigate", Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 February 2021.