Female genital mutilation is hurting Australian girls and we must work together to stamp it out


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By agencies working together, we can prevent female genital mutilation, which new research confirms is happening in Australia.
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Elizabeth Elliott, University of Sydney and Yvonne Zurynski, University of Sydney

Female genital mutilation or cutting is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. Most people don’t consider it a major issue. But our research shows it should be.

Our research found girls are presenting to paediatricians in Australia with female genital mutilation, but misconceptions about the practice are common and doctors want more information on how to manage this illegal practice.

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