Recent Trends in Vasectomy in Australia

By Farhat Yusuf and Stefania Siedlecky.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The main objective of this paper is to examine recent trends in vasectomy in Australia, using the National Health Insurance (Medicare) data for the period 1993-94 to 2002-03. Vasectomies reached a peak around 1996-97 and since then both the numbers and rates have declined. The decline in rates has occurred in all States/Territories except the Australian Capital Territory. There has been a consistent rise in the mean age at operation. These changes are compatible with other trends such as the postponement of births, adoption of newer contraceptives and women’s access to safe abortion.

Keywords: Birth Control, Family Planning, Medicare, Vasectomy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 12, pp.113-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.563KB).

Prof. Farhat Yusuf

Professor, Department of Business, Division of Economic & Financial Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Professor Farhat Yusuf is Head of the Demography Research Group in the Department of Business at Macquarie University. His research interests include epidemiology, demography of ethnic minorities and indigenous groups, and business applications of demography.

Dr. Stefania Siedlecky

Visiting Research Associate, Department of Business, Division of Economic & Financial Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Stefania Siedlecky is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Demography Research Group at Macquarie University. Her research interests encompass men and women’s health issues and family planning.

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