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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.

Publications:

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