African Women’s Clinic
The African Women’s Clinic offers a free, confidential service for women affected by female circumcision (FGM/C).
We offer support and education as well as the deinfibulation procedure for women requesting this and for whom it is appropriate in the outpatient setting.
The service is for non-pregnant and pregnant women.
We can provide an interpreter for the consultation, and patients can be supported by one of our Family & Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP) workers as well.
The service we provide is a confidential, comprehensive discussion on FGM/C providing information, and offering support around FGM/C. We also offer the deinfibulation procedure if requested and appropriate in the Outpatient setting.
- Pregnant and non-pregnant women who have been affected by female circumcision
- Women requesting information and support around FGM/C
- Women affected by FGM/C
- Health professionals with concerns regarding pap tests due to FGM/C
- Women living in Victoria
Women who have not been affected by female circumcision
Every second Friday morning from 9.00am – 1.00pm ( with the last appointment at 12.15pm).
Please complete and fax the Fast Fax Referral form to the Women's Welcome Centre.
Please ensure the woman realises that the deinfibulation procedure is not always able to be done in the Outpatient setting. There are still times when the woman will be referred to theatre.
Please call the staff in Women's Welcome Centre.
Appointment details will be sent directly to the patient and the GP if the GP has referred the woman.
Female circumcision - African Women’s Clinic
The African Women's Clinic is a nurse-led clinic staffed by women’s health nurses experienced in providing care for women who have experienced female circumcision or traditional cutting. This fact sheet explains what to expect if you are attending this clinic.
- Female circumcision - African Women’s Clinic
Female circumcision - Reversing your circumcision
This fact sheet is specifically for women attending the African Women's Clinic. The procedure to reverse your circumcision is called deinfibulation. This fact sheet explains what to expect on the day of the procedure and how to look after yourself at home.
- Female circumcision - Reversing your circumcision
Female circumcision - African Women’s Clinic: cream application
This fact sheet is for women attending the African Women's Clinic to reverse their circumcision. It tells women how to use the anaesthetic cream provided before their procedure. Female circumcision is also known as female genital cutting.
- Female circumcision - African Women’s Clinic: cream application