African Women’s Clinic
The African Women’s Clinic offers a free, confidential service for women affected by traditional cutting (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 will 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 traditional cutting
- Women requesting information and support around FGM/C
- Women affected by FGM/C
- Health professionals with concerns regarding Cervical smear tests due to FGM/C
- Women living in Victoria
Women who have not been affected by traditional cutting.
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 Fast Fax number for the Access Centre (see contacts on this page).
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 complete and fax the Fast Fax Referral form to Fast Fax number for the Access Centre. The referral will be triaged and acted on if marked urgent.
An acknowledgement letter will be sent directly to the patient and the GP (or referring agent) will be notified. The patient will then receive a letter with the appointment details.
- Referral forms and information
- Starting conversations about female circumcision This animated video was created by cohealth.
- Find health information for your patient
- Sexual Health Victoria Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) Resources
Downloads and Related Topics
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