New clinical guidelines to help with heavy menstrual bleeding

ABC Health & Wellbeing, 20/10/2017

25 percent of Australians who menstruate experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Now, new guidelines for doctors will help ensure these people have access to the best available treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.

Professor Anne Duggan, senior medical advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, said some patients were not being offered the full range of treatments.

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Implementation resources

These resources can be used to promote and explain what the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard means to health services, clinicians, patients and their carers.

 

Shame, secrecy and silence hobble migrant women’s sexual health, new research suggests

Sydney Morning Herald, August 5th 2017

Shame, secrecy, silence and fear were keeping many new migrant women in the dark about their own sexual and reproductive health, found a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Cultural and religious beliefs were major barriers to many women accessing health services, warned the researchers who held focus groups with 169 single, married, divorced and widowed women who arrived in Australia or Canada from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and Latin America within the past six years.

Free ‘Law For Community Workers’ seminar (in person or online)

Legal Services Commission of South Australia, July 2017

“Helping Clients with Legal Problems”: This seminar will provide an overview of how to help clients with legal problems. It will cover issues such as providing legal assistance, related responsibilities such as confidentiality, how to access legal information, and options for referring clients who need further assistance with legal problems.

We will canvas the full range of services that are available from the Legal Services Commission – from our Legal Helpline to our online information options to applying for grants of legal aid.

Venue: In person at the Legal Services Commission, Level 3, 30 Flinders Street, Adelaide OR as an online guest via webcast

Session Details: Date: Thursday 3 August 2017, time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Enquiries: For further information contact Paula Meegan, Legal Education Officer, on 8111 5749 or via email 

Bookings: Seats are limited. Bookings are essential for both the live seminar and webcast.

Pregnancy problems are leading global killer of ​​females aged 15 to 19

The Guardian, Tuesday 16 May 2017

Pregnancy complications are the leading cause of death globally among females aged 15-19, with self-harm in second place, a global study has found.

More than 1.2 million female and male adolescents die annually, the World Health roaOrganization (WHO) report said – the majority from preventable causes including mental health issues, poor nutrition, reproductive health problems and violence.

 

New Question Builder tool assists patients’ health literacy

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality/Healthdirect Australia

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Healthdirect Australia have jointly launched the Question Builder, a free web-based tool to help people prepare for their medical appointment and make the best use of the time with their doctor. 

Question Builder is a free web-based tool to help you prepare for a visit to the doctor. The tool enables you to build a list of questions that you would like to ask your doctor, and consider questions your doctor might ask you. Question Builder guides you through a series of steps, from selecting which type of appointment you are preparing for, to developing the questions that you would like to ask and helping you to prioritise the most important questions to ask first. These questions can then be printed or emailed to a phone/device for use during the appointment.

Question Builder is designed to be used with general practitioners and specialists in Australia.  It encourages you to ask questions that matter most to you, participate in the appointment and share decisions with your doctor about your own health care.

Whether you are seeing a doctor for a new condition, having a check-up, talking about a recurring health condition, or discussing medication, a test or surgery, Question Builder can help you to get the most out of your appointment with your doctor.

The Commission has developed Question Builder in partnership with Healthdirect Australia.  It is available via the healthdirect website.

  • You can find Question Builder here 

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Psychosexual Complications of FGM for Couples: A Comparative Study in Iran

wadi.org, 29.04.2017

Most research on the health and sexuality consequences of FGM has been limited to circumcised women, and prior to this study, no research was done on the effects of FGM in couples. With attention on psychosexual problems related to FGM and on increasing numbers of women who were circumcised in childhood and who have now reached the age of marriage or of being married, the sexual function, mental health and marital satisfaction of these women and their husbands is going to become an increasingly important issue.

Our study makes several contributions to what is known about the association between the relationship of mental health, marital satisfaction, and sexual function among couples who are victims of FGM. We found that FGM is strongly associated with marital dissatisfaction, sexual dysfunction, and psychiatric symptoms for both wife and husband victims of FGM. As we expected, in the field of fear, paranoid thoughts, psychotic thoughts, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and feelings of inferiority, couples who were victims of FGM were in worse mental condition than normal couples Second, we found that marital satisfaction of couples who were victims of FGM was lower and worse condition than that of normal couples, specifically in the fields of personal issues, marital relationship, solving problems, and sexual relationship Finally, we found that sexual function of couples who were victims of FGM was lower, specifically in psychological arousal, physiologic arousal, ease of orgasm, and orgasm satisfaction, compared with normal couples.

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  • Access full text of journal article (PDF) here