Sex selection: Changes in Australian law and policy

9 June 2017

About the workshop

Should sex selectionof embryosfor 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 discussthe revised Guidelines with respect to sex selection.

Dr Sascha Callaghan from Sydney Law School will explore the regulation of sex selection in Australia and Dr Tereza Hendl will interrogate the ethics of prenatal sex selection for "family balancing."

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

RSVP: Please email Tereza Hendl at any dietary requirements.

Time: 10am - 3:30pm

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

Cost: Free, however registration is essential

Contact: Tereza Hendl

Phone: 9351 0248

Email: 57180a342d28356b10152d0d3f29033731003636581205415e113d