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Female genital mutilation in children presenting to Australian paediatricians

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Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2016-311540 Abstract Objective The WHO reports that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is an ancient cultural practice prevalent in many countries. FGM/C has been reported among women resident in Australia. Our paper provides the first description of FGM/C in Australian children. Design Cross-sectional survey conducted in April–June 2014. Setting...

Responding to Female Genital Mutilation as a women’s health issue (forum)

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SHine SA, January 2017 Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision. There are 83,000 women and girls who have been affected by FGM in Australia. FGM has no...

Abortion Doesn’t Negatively Affect Women’s Mental Health: Study

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TIME, Dec. 14, 2016 The largest and most comprehensive study on the matter reports that women are much more emotionally stressed if they are denied an abortion initially than if they received one upon request. “There are policies and decisions being made with this assumption that abortion harms women’s mental health,” says study author M. Antonia Biggs. Read more here  Access journal paper (full...

Domestic violence: men’s behaviour change program works

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The Age, September 4 2016 Men’s behaviour change programs, many with long waiting lists, have become a common penalty meted out to perpetrators of family violence who come before the courts. But until now, there has been little Australian research. Now a Monash University study – a comprehensive snapshot of 300 Australian men who use violence, and their partners (or ex-partners), over...

Casual Sex: Everyone Is Doing It

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New Yorker, June 25, 2016 Zhana Vrangalova has spent the past decade researching human sexuality, and, in particular, the kinds of sexual encounters that occur outside the norms of committed relationships. The Web site she started in 2014 began as a small endeavor fuelled by personal referrals, but has since grown to approximately five thousand visitors a day, most of whom arrive at the site...

Psychologist who had affair with transgender patient struck off for 5 years

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NSW Caselaw, February 2016 A psychologist in NSW has been banned by from registration or providing any health services for five years. The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission brought complaints of unprofessional conduct and professional misconduct against Seth Talmadge. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found that the patient (who had transitioned from female to male some years...

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