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Posted November 15, 2018 07:16:58A non-fatal infection of a woman at a Sydney hospital this year has prompted the Australian Government to introduce a plan to remove the practice of non-sterile androgen-containing castration procedures in hospitals and clinics.
Key points:Non-failing castration is an effective method of sterilisation, according to a recent study, but it is a risky procedure for both women and menWhat is non-surgical castration?
The practice is considered safe and effective in most instances, but can lead to complications such as infertility, endometriosis, and scarringIt will start in November at Sydney’s Royal Children’s Hospital, but the move has been criticised by many doctors, nurses and health professionals.
The study, commissioned by the Australian Federal Government, showed a small number of Australian women had died following castration.
In the study, released this week, the team from the University of Queensland examined the history of nonfailing androgen sterilisation.
They found the practice had been practised by Australian hospitals and doctors since the 1950s, with up to 1,000 deaths reported in the last 10 years.
The practice of castration has been banned in most countries but it remains popular in Australia.
Dr John McGlashan, a senior lecturer at the University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said the study highlighted a problem that needed addressing.
“I think the main reason why we have a relatively small number is because it’s a very difficult process and the patients have had to go through so much stress and pain and discomfort, and have to go to the doctor to get the castration done,” he said.
Dr McGlackan said that in recent years, more and more women were coming to his department seeking castration in Australia, and the costs of the procedure had increased significantly.
“In a lot of cases the costs are not even covered by the medical provider and the patient is left with enormous debt,” he explained.
“It’s really been a case of people just going to the doctors and saying, ‘I’m not going to pay for this’.”
In some cases there are very high costs associated with this process, and there’s been a huge increase in non-compliance, which is quite tragic.
“Dr McClachan said the cost of nonchalant castration could be around $1,000 per person, compared to the $40,000 that was charged in the United States.
The Australian Government said it would be making a statement to parliament on the issue in the coming months, but he said there was no indication the practice was on the decline.”
We have to look at the full impact, and that’s really the key thing, to look around the world and look at what’s going on around the globe and to try and see what’s happening here,” he told ABC Radio.”
But I think that it’s very much a matter of how much is it worth to put the patient through that process and how much are we going to have to put our own health at risk by doing it.
“The only way we’re going to really get that cost control and reduce the cost is if we can change attitudes.”
The practice has been around for centuries, and it has been linked to many diseases, including breast cancer and cervical cancer.
But in the 1970s, a study from the American Medical Association suggested the practice could reduce cervical cancer rates by as much as 50 per cent.
The National Health and Medical Research Council recommended that the practice be restricted to hospitals and other health facilities.
But Dr McGlacean said it was important to look beyond the US study and into other studies to see whether the practice would work in Australia and elsewhere.
“One of the reasons that we’re seeing so many complications is because of the lack of understanding of the different diseases that can be caused by castration,” he added.
“There’s a whole range of other causes of cancer, and these are the things that need to be addressed.”
The study was conducted by a team led by Dr Michael Brown, a Professor of Health Policy at the Australian National University, and Dr Daniel Schulte, Professor of Obstetric Medicine at the Sydney Children’s Medical Centre.
“Non-surgically castrated women who have been in hospital for at least a year and are considered to be having some serious adverse events or complications, but are not considered at high risk, will be required to undergo non-invasive, non-contraceptive sterilisation,” the study said.
“These women will be subject to an MRI scan to evaluate their pelvic floor muscles and cervical spine muscles to confirm that they are normal.
The surgical procedure will involve removal of all or part of the scrotum, vagina, vagina lips, clitoris, pubic area, penis and testes.”
While the surgical procedure may take