Title

Experiences of sexual and reproductive healthcare professionals working with migrant women living with female genital cutting in Western Australia

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Sexual Ethics

Publisher

IntechOpen

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

31984

Comments

Ndasi, D., & Adusei-Asante, K. (2020). Experiences of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Professionals Working with Migrant Women Living with Female Genital Cutting in Western Australia. In Sultan Sheriff (Ed.) Sexual Ethics. IntechOpen.

Abstract

Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is a global public health problem. The practice is particularly prevalent amongst people of African, Middle East and South East Asian descent. FGM/C creates a permanent change to the body of women. When such women migrate to other countries, they bring the associated social and health problems of FGM/C with them. As a multicultural society, Australia has many residents who come from settings in which FGM/C is prevalent. This qualitative study investigated whether healthcare professionals in Western Australia are prepared and able to provide adequate healthcare to women living with FGM/C. We found that there is a paucity of literature in Australia generally, and Western Australia more specifically, about FGM/C and the associated experiences of healthcare providers. Healthcare professionals were found to experience challenges when working with women living with FGM/C, mainly because of poor cultural sensitivity and poor levels of communication, and lacked appropriate education and training for working with women living with FGM/C. This study identified a need for empirical studies on how women living with FGM/C experience sexual and reproductive health services in Western Australia.

DOI

10.5772/intechopen.93353

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