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World Vasectomy Day 2013

World Vasectomy Day 2013
Event Information:
Date: Friday 18 October 2013
Time: 1:00pm to 7:30pm - ACST
Location: The Science Exchange (55 Exchange Place Adelaide SA)

Men all over the world, whose families are complete, dedicated their vasectomy to Planet Earth in a world-first vasectomy-athon. Would you put your balls on the line?

RiAus is teamed up with film-makers Smith&Nasht and Gabriel Films to stage a vasectomy-athon in support of the inaugural World Vasectomy Day on 18 October 2013. The event saw high profile vasectomist, Dr Doug Stein, perform vasectomies on volunteers while fielding questions from the audience. He was joined by renowned thinkers, academics and activists to debate the future of our planet.

Paul and Doug discuss preparations
The media scrum that started World Vasectomy Day 2013
Final preparations on stage as the media 'clicks away' in the background
Press conference
Press conference
Panel discussion during press conference
Panel discussion during press conference
Jonathan Stack addressing the media
Session 1
Amy Parish came down from the Adelaide Festival of Ideas
Brian O'Malley (Artist in residence) was working on this piece all day
Audience questions during session 2
Dr Nick Demediuk and Dr Doug Stein addressing the audience during session 2
Dr Doug Stein mid operation
Session 3 panel - Paul Ehrlich, Paul Willis, and Corey Bradshaw.
The panel from session 3 watch on as another vasectomy wraps up
The final vasectomy is complete and so is World Vasectomy Day for 2013
Jonathan Stack and Doug Stein chat during the celebrations
Brian O'Malley (Artist in residence) was working on this piece all day
Dr Nick Demediuk, Paul Willis, Dr Doug Stein and Jonathan Stack

The vasectomy-athon was inspired by documentary film-maker Jonathan Stack and Dr Stein, who wanted to set the stage for a global conversation about the social, cultural and ethical issues of an ever-increasing population and the effect it has on the planet’s finite resources. We will be joined in our discussions by renowned biologist and educator Prof Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb. RiAus Director Dr Paul Willis, an experienced science broadcaster, will host the day.

Click here for more information on World Vasectomy Day

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Session 1: Nuts and bolts, 1–2.30pm

Dr Doug Stein and his Australian vasectomy associate, Dr Nick Demediuk (aka Dr Snip), will kick off World Vasectomy Day with the basics. What is a no-scalpel vasectomy? This 15 minute procedure will knock your jocks off.



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Session 2: To snip or not to snip? 3–4.30pm

It’s not always easy to get the snip. Join us for some mythbusting – we’ll tackle the social stigma and fears associated with vasectomies, and how this varies around the world.



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Session 3: Politics of Population, 5.30–7pm

7 billion people and counting- can vasectomies stem population growth? Is it naïve to think we can cap the population? Our experts will explore human sustainability, featuring Paul Ehrlich, best-selling author of The Population Bomb.




If you can’t make it to The Science Exchange you can watch online on the RiAus Livestream.

In association with Smith&Nasht and Gabriel Films

Click here for the media release.

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7 thoughts on “World Vasectomy Day 2013

  1. Efforts would be better directed at changing the Australian government policy of paying people to have children – especially when many of those people cannot afford (mentally or financially) to properly support those children. Also, is there a world hysterectomy day, or is this just another campaign against men.3

  2. J Bell seems a little confused. I’ve had a vasectomy, and far from being a procedure “against men” I can only say that I have found it a completely liberating experience that relieves me, and my partner, from the fear of unwanted pregnancy. And why, by the way, should family planning always be a woman’s responsibility- or choice? It is fallacious to make an analogy between hysterectomy and vasectomy. The analogy should be with tubal ligation–an invasive, complex surgical procedure that claims the lives of tens of thousands of women in developing countries merely because their male partners are not willing to subject them selves to a simple and safe 15 minute procedure. You had best watch the WVD broadcast Mr Bell- you might learn something. Your attitude so clearly represents the reason we need to have this discussion. (Ann by the way, the baby bonus has been phased out in Australia- you are out of date in more ways than one)

  3. I have met too many men who have brought children into the world that they do not want, simply because they are scared of losing the woman in their lives. The relationship ends anyway, because it is based on a lie and the child/children suffer because they have a father who didn’t want them. And the man is paying child support for children he didn’t want. Vasectomy solves this dilemma and it is reversible if any man changes his mind later in life about having a family.

  4. Yes I have a question… you have a mental illness?? Getting the snip to ‘save the planet’?? Where do they get these idiots from…..

    • Mick, your comment ignores the contribution of overpopulation to all the major environmental issues facing the world today. Perhaps you would like to expand on your position and point out why you feel that way? By invoking stereotypical misinformation about mental illness you further undermine any position you may have had.

      • I find it inspiring how the people on this site calmly refuse to feed the trolls. Looking forward to the presentation today, keep up the good work RiAus!

  5. I think this event is missing an important point. In Australia the issue with getting a vasectomy is not necessarily to with stigma but cost & difficulty especially If you live anywhere but a major city. We looked at this procedure a few years ago. Our GP told us in our area there were only 2 specialists who performed the procedure & neither would do it for public patients. it would take 3 preparatory visits with a specialist ( cost adding up to about 500 dollars after the medicare rebate) then admission to day surgery and my husband would need to go under a general. Neither surgeon in our area did the procedure under a local. the whole cost came to about 6,000 dollars as far as we could estimate ( no-one would give us exact figures). We were concerned about my husband going under a general because he has M.E. & we would have had to borrow the money but decided to go ahead with the initial appointment so we could consider our options but it turned out to be a moot point as the surgeon we were referred to wouldn’t give us an appointment because we didn’t have private insurance. We gave up after than and just kept using condoms. Curiously I could have had a tubal ligation as a public patient but as it required me convincing a Specialist that I really didn’t want more children ( again over 3 expensive preparatory visits with no guarantee that the surgeon would agree) several days in hospital ( I was primary income earner in a casual position at the time) and there was a 2-3 year waiting list we abandoned that idea as well. If Doctors & Governments are serious about this they need to address the issue of affordability & accessibility as much as stigma especially in areas outside major cities and where surgeons clearly use & abuse their monopoly.


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