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Improving the Evidence to inform the Health Systems response to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (CT12399)

Project Member(s): Dawson, A., Homer, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Commonwealth Department of Health (Department of Health and Ageing)

Start year: 2013

Summary: To identify obstetric health services accessed, FGM/C prevalence and type, and associated obstetric outcomes in NSW through the ¿NSW Obstetrix Database¿. We propose to conduct a case controlled study using existing data on African women with FGM/C who delivered their babies at Auburn Hospital between 2000 and 2012. Interviews with midwives will determine socio-cultural issues that may impede FGM/C data collection, as well as strategies to overcome these. Recommendations will be made to implement and scale-up responsive, culturally appropriate and clinically sound midwifery and obstetric services in areas of high incidence of obstetric complications in NSW.


Varol, N, Dawson, A, Turkmani, S, Hall, J, Nanayakkara, S, Jenkins, G, Homer, C & McGeechan, K 2016, 'Obstetric outcomes for women with female genital mutilation at an Australian hospital, 2006–2012: a descriptive study', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 16, no. 328, pp. 1-10.
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Dawson, A, Homer, CS, Turkmani, S, Black, K & Varol, N 2015, 'A systematic review of doctors' experiences and needs to support the care of women with female genital mutilation.', International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 131, no. 1, pp. 35-40.
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Varol, N, Turkmani, S, Black, K, Hall, J & Dawson, A 2015, 'The role of men in abandonment of female genital mutilation: a systematic review', BMC Public Health, vol. 15, no. 1034.
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Dawson, A, Turkmani, S, Varol, N, Sullivan, E & Homer, C 2015, 'Midwives’ experiences of caring for women with female genital mutilation: Insights and ways forward for practice in Australia', Super Midwives - Making a Difference, Australian College of Midwives, 19th Biennial Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
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Keywords: Reproductive health, Female genital mutilation, obstetric outcomes, midwifery and obstetric care

FOR Codes: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Public Health and Health Services, Women's Health, Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified, Midwifery