Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): knowledge and attitudes of regional Western Health Professionals

Sharma, Shreyansi, Ray, Robin, and Harvey, Nichole (2018) Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): knowledge and attitudes of regional Western Health Professionals. In: [Presented at the JCU Research Festival]. From: JCU Research Festival 2018, 29-30 October 2018, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a practice that intentionally alters or causes injury to external female genitalia. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies FGM into four types, as shown in Figure 1. It is estimated that 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM and 3 million girls are at risk every year. FGM is a practice with no benefits, and it is a violation of human rights. There are far reaching health consequences, including pain, infections, shock and even death. Long term consequences include gynaecological, obstetric and psychosocial issues.

With increasing immigration and refugee populations from countries where FGM is practiced, there is an increase in FGM seen in Western countries, such as Australia. In fact, the first Australian conviction for FGM was overturned this year, due to ambiguity of diagnosis. This highlights the need for further research. Current research shows women with FGM have negative experiences with western health professionals. There is perceived discrimination and marginalisation as well as poor trust and communication. Gaps exist in qualitative research in regional settings. Furthermore, paediatricians and general practitioners (GPs) remain under-represented in research about this topic. Thus, the aim of this research was to explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices of health professionals in a regional setting.

Item ID: 56465
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: Female Genital Mutilation
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Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 00:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920114 Reproductive System and Disorders @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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