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Continuing Professional Development in female genital mutilation/cutting for healthcare professionals (CT12398)

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

Funding or Partner Organisation: Commonwealth Department of Health (Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care: C)

Start year: 2013

Summary: The project will involve the development and evaluation of an online module / CD ROM on FGM/C to equip health professionals to make an accurate diagnosis of FGM/C, be able to discuss the topic with women with FGM/C, provide accurate information and management regarding complications, de-infibulation and obstetric care. The module will increase healthcare professional understanding of FGM/C, its consequences and cultural traditions that underpin it, to improve support for girls and women affected by, or at risk of, FGM/C. Our module will serve to inform FGM/C continuing professional development for all health professionals, including general practitioners, midwives and sexual health nurses.


Dawson, A & Varol, N 2017, 'Continuing professional education on Female Genital Mutilation for obstetricians, gynecologists, and midwives in Australia: educational program development', BMC Reproductive Health, vol. 14, no. Supplement 2.
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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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Keywords: Female genital mutilation, reproductive health, health professional eductaion

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