CAVE/VELiM Workshop: Sex Selection – Changes in Australian Policy

9 June 2017

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Robert Menzies College, 136 Herring Road

Should sex selection for non-medical reasons be allowed in Australia?

The National Health and Medical Research Council recently released its revision of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research. This workshop will discuss the revised Guidelines with respect to sex selection.

We will explore the regulation of sex selection using in vitro fertilisation from feminist legal perspectives, interrogate the ethics of the use of prenatal sex selection for “family balancing”, discuss the implications of prenatal diagnosis for children with intersex variations and explore the question of whether “gender disappointment” is a mental disorder.

The main aim of the workshop is to facilitate discussion around the subject of using assisted reproductive technologies for sex selection for non-medical reasons in Australia.



  • Dr Tereza Hendl (University of Sydney, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine)
  • Prof Wendy Rogers (Macquarie University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Dr Sascha Callaghan (University of Sydney, Sydney Law School)
  • Dr Kate Gleeson (Macquarie University, Macquarie Law School)
  • Morgan Carpenter (Organisation Intersex International Australia)
  • Dr Tamara Browne (Deakin University, School of Medicine)


Preliminary Program:

10:00: Tereza Hendl and Wendy Rogers, Opening Remarks
10:10: Wendy Rogers, “What’s changed on sex selection since 2007 Guidelines”
10:30: Sascha Callaghan, “Sex selection and the law”
11:15: Morning tea
11:45: Tereza Hendl, “2017 Guidelines, sex selection and gender equity”
12:30: Kate Gleeson, “Sex selection using IVF and abortion from feminist legal perspectives”
13:15: Lunch
14:00: Morgan Carpenter, “Prenatal diagnosis and its implications for children with intersex variations”
14:45: Tamara Browne, “Is gender disappointment a mental disorder?”
15:00: Panel discussion


When: Friday, 9 June 2017

Where: Conference Centre TCM, Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University

Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Cost: Free

RSVP: Please email Tereza Hendl at and include any dietary requirements

We hope to see you there!

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Event contact

Tereza Hendl

(02) 9036 3405