Female genital cutting
The African Women’s Clinic is a nurse-led clinic by women’s health nurses experienced in providing care for women who have experienced female circumcision or traditional cutting.
The clinic is for women of all ages, young, pregnant or older, who have experienced female circumcision/traditional cutting.
Health issues treated
We understand that traditional ‘cutting’ or ‘sunna’ is a very personal and sensitive issue and we take great care to respect your privacy.
For women who have experienced female circumcision, we offer a free health clinic run by specialist nurses to discuss the concerns you might be experiencing with:
- Other ongoing issues
We can help women understand the type of circumcision they have had and what options and procedures are available to them. Some circumcisions can be reversed and the procedure is often simple.
If you are pregnant and affected by female circumcision, it is particularly important for you to come to the clinic to discuss the possible problems.
A doctor’s referral is not necessary.
What we do
The clinic offers support, education and referral to women who have experienced female circumcision/traditional cutting. We give you information about female circumcision/traditional cutting and the opening/reversal procedure. We can also provide cervical screening tests and discuss sexual health problems.
Information for patients
You may need three appointments...
We will take a thorough health history and do a physical examination. We will then discuss your concerns and give you information about the opening/reversal procedure if this is appropriate. For the pregnant woman the opening/reversal procedure can be done up to 34 weeks gestation.
Sometimes the de-infibulation procedure can be done at this first appointment if there has been a discussion with a women’s health nurse prior to the appointment and time allows.
Depending on what has occurred at the first appointment this may be when the procedure is done or it may be a review appointment ensuring that you are recovering well and answering any questions you may have.
The third appointment is to review how you are doing if the procedure is done at the second appointment.
Women can call and make their own appointment.
What to bring
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
Female circumcision and the law in Australia
This fact sheet called "Female circumcision (traditional cutting) and the law in Australia" explains what the law regarding female circumcision is in Australia and how it is applied.
- Female circumcision and the law in Australia