A Tradition in Transition: Female genital mutilation/cutting

A Literature review, an overview of prevention programs and demographic data for Australia

Dr Susan Costello, Marjorie Quinn, Allison Tatchell, Lynne Jordan, Koula Neophytou and Catherine James


This report will serve as a useful resource for health service planners, educators, academics, health professionals, policy makers and agency staff who work with communities from practising countries. Through this report, we have provided data and analyses, by state and territory, for the development of services and policies to benefit communities settling in Australia.

Part one: Introduction

Download the Introduction (345kb) Additional statistical information referred to in Part one is available below:

 

Table 4. Number of Australian residents by state and territory local government areas, who were born in countries where FGM/C has been documented and the prevalence is estimated.

Select a state or territory to view relevant data.

NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS ACT & NT 

 

 

Table 5. Number of Australian residents by state and territory local government areas, who were born in countries where FGM/C has been documented but the prevalence is unknown.

Select a state or territory to veiw relevant data.

NSW    VIC   QLD   SA   WA   TAS ACT & NT

 

Part two: Literature review

This part presents a broad overview of the practice of FGM/C, outlining the cultural and traditional contexts, the effects on the health and wellbeing of women and girls and the impact of migration to western countries. This information will be of particular relevance to educators, academics, health professionals, policy makers and agency staff who work with communities from practising countries.

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Part three: Prevention programs

This part examines local and international prevention programs, including how these impact on practising communities and ultimately contribute to the abandonment of FGM/C. This information will be of particular relevance to community agencies and all levels of government for the development of prevention programs.

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Part four: Demographic data 

This part presents comprehensive demographic data on communities residing in Australia who have come from countries known to practise FGM/C. The data can be searched by state and territory and local government area (LGA). This information will be of particular relevance to service planning and policy development. 

Select a state or territory from the following list to view relevant data.

 

Contact:
Family Planning Victoria
T/ 03 9257 0100