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Researches on attitudes to sex selection in Australia contribute to the development and revision of policy

The work of Gray, Evans and Kippen on attitudes to sex selection in Australia has contributed to the development and revision of policy by the Australian government. The National Health and Medical Research council develop policy related to medical research and clinical practice. One such policy is the Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research (2007). In 2012 the NHMRC included 4 of our scholarly papers related to the attitudes and behaviours of Australians around sex selection and fertility to their knowledge base related to this guideline (see below). They noted that the 2011 paper was an ‘invaluable reference in the development of Australian health policy and ethical guidelines’ because it is ‘the only relevant academic work on the topic of sex selection in the Australian context’. These guidelines are currently being reviewed by the NHMRC and our work is now contributing to this review.


Kippen, R, Evans, A & Gray, E 2011, 'Australian attitudes toward sex-selection technology', Fertility and Sterility, vol. 95, no. 5, pp. 1824-1826.

Evans, A, Barbato, C, Bettini, E et al 2009, 'Taking Stock: Parents' Reasons For and Against Having a Third Child', Community, Work and Family, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 437-454.

Gray, E, Kippen, R & Evans, H 2007, 'A boy for you and a girl for me: Do men want sons and women want daughters?', People and Place, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 1-8.

Kippen, R, Evans, H & Gray, E 2007, 'Parental Preference for Sons and Daughters in a Western Industrial Setting: Evidence and Implications', Journal of Biosocial Science, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 583-597.

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