Learning Resources

Journal Articles and Publications

A resource developed by Family Planning Victoria entitled "Improving the health care of women and girls affected by female genital mutilation/cutting". Links available for a service coordination guide and also a care plan flow chart
A resource developed by Family Planning Victoria entitled "Improving the health care of women and girls affected by female genital mutilation/cutting". Links available for a service coordination guide and also a care plan flow chart
A Tradition in Transition: Female genital mutilation / cutting A Literature review, an overview of revention programs and demographic data for Victoria, Australia March 2013. The review is in four parts: Part 1 Introduction Part 2: Literature review Part 3: Prevention programs Part 4: Demographic data (for service planning, Victoria)
SA Health statewide guideline to promote and facilitate standardisation and consistency of practice, using a multidisciplinary approach. Refer document introduction for further details.
Female genital mutilation: Information for Australian health professionals A booklet produced by the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1997.
A UNICEF publication providing an excellent introduction outlining the concepts of social convention and social norm in the context of female genital mutilation/cutting. Readers can gain broader cultural understanding of FGM. Includes demographic data for African continent.
B Mathews, ‘Legal, cultural and practical developments in responding to female genital mutilation: can an absolute human right emerge?’ in C Sampford, R Maguire and B Lewis (eds) Human Rights and Shifting Global Powers, Routledge, 2013, 207-227. Contributed by Associate Professor Ben Mathews, Director of Research, School of Law Member, Health Law Research Centre Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology Contact: ph: +61 7 3138 2983 or email: b.mathews@qut.edu.au
B Mathews, ‘Female genital mutilation: Australian law, policy and practical challenges for doctors’ (2011) 194(3) Medical Journal of Australia 139-141. Contributed by Associate Professor Ben Mathews, Director of Research, School of Law Member, Health Law Research Centre Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology Contact: ph: +61 7 3138 2983 or email: b.mathews@qut.edu.au
World Health Organization. 2000 A systematic review of the health complications of female genital mutilation including sequelae in childbirth Department pf Women's Health Family and Community Health World Health Organisation
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 2013 Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change
Balogun, O. O., Hirayama, F. Wariki W. M., Koyanagi , A. and Mori, R. 2013 'Interventions for improving outcomes for pregnant women who have experienced genital cutting.' The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Feb 28, Vol. 2. Link to abstract (PubMed).
Berg, R. C. and Denison, E. 2013 A tradition in transition: factors perpetuating and hindering the continuance of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) summarized in a systematic review. Health Care for Women International, 34, 10, 837-59. Link to abstract (unbound MEDLINE).
Blanton, K. 2011 Female genital cutting and the health care provider's dilemma: a case study. Clinical Scholars Review, 4, 2, 119-24. Link to abstract (ingentaconnect)
Burke, E. 2011 Female genital mutilation: applications of nursing theory for clinical care. Nurse Practitioner, 36, 4, 45-50. Link to abstract (NICE Journals and Databases).
Chibber, R., El-Saleh, E. and El Harmi, J. 2011 Female circumcision: obstetrical and psychological sequelae continues unabated in the 21st century. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 24, 6, 833-6. Link to abstract (unbound MEDLINE)
Correa-Velez, I. and Ryan, J. 2012 Developing a best practice model of refugee maternity care. Women And Birth: Journal Of The Australian College Of Midwives, 25, 1, 13-22 Link to abstract (Journal of the Australian College of Midwives)
Hearst, A. A. and Molnar, A. M. 2013 Female genital cutting: an evidence-based approach to clinical management for the primary care physician. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 88, 6, 618-29. Link to abstract (unbound MEDLINE).
Khaja, K., Lay, K. and Boys, S. 2010 Female circumcision: toward an inclusive practice of care. Health Care for Women International, 31, 8, 686-699
Moeed, S. M. and Grover, S. R. 2012 Female genital mutilation/cutting ( FGM/ C): Survey of RANZCOG Fellows, Diplomates & Trainees and FGM/ C prevention and education program workers in Australia and New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 52, 6, 523-7. Link to abstract (PubMed).
Phiri, J., Dietsch, E. and Bonner, A. 2010 Cultural safety and its importance for Australian midwifery practice. Collegian, 17, 3, 105-11. Link to abstract (PubMed)
Simpson, J., Robinson, K. Creighton, S. M. and Hodes, D. 2012 Female genital mutilation: the role of health professionals in prevention, assessment, and management. BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition), 344, 7848, 37-41. Link to abstract (BMJ).
Sweet, M. 2012 Australia aims to eliminate female genital mutilation. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), Dec 17, 345, e8553 Link to abstract (BMJ).
Terry, L. and Harris, K. 2013 Female genital mutilation: a literature review. Nursing Standard, 28, 1, 41-7.
State health departments provide clinical information resources for their health workers. This document provides links for each state department, for use within the health workers state IT environment.
Global strategy to stop health-care providers from performing female genital mutilation UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, WHO, FIGO, ICN, IOM, MWIA, WCPT, WMA WHO/RHR/10.9

Organisations

TOSTAN is an African based organisation working in a range of areas to implement human-rights based community education programs (CEPs). One of the CEPs allows community members to draw their own conclusions about female genital cutting (FGC) and lead their own movements for change.
The NSW Health Education Program on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) provides a range of information and resources on FGM including a health clearinghouse and contact for education. The aim of the program is to prevent the practice of FGM in NSW and to minimise the health and psychological impact of the practice for women, girls and their families affected by, or at risk of, FGM.
Family Planning Victoria provide a range of materials to improve health literacy, service access and planning regarding female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C). This link allows access to documents, articles and contact person for further information.
The New Zealand FGM Education Programme includes informtion on FGM practice in NZ, beliefs and issues, complications, clinical and cultural resources, a teaching module and recommended readings. Many resources are available as a download, some are accessed by making an online request. Contact details: Phone +64 9 302 4031 Fax +64 9 302 4037 Email info@fgm.co.nz Website also has online request and mailing address.

Other learning resources

European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is a European Union agency which supports the EU and its Member States in their efforts to promote gender equality, to fight discrimination based on sex and to raise awareness about gender equality issues. This link provides access to a wide range of international resources on female genital mutilation.

Workshop or Seminar

A UNICEF publication, prepared in 2005 and reprinted in 2008. Includes discussion of FGM as social convention, issues of human rights and approaches to community-based actions and creating a change environment. Includes demographic data for African continent.