There is no national data on female genital cutting (FGC) prevalence in Australia. One model from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that 53,000 women and girls born outside Australia but now living in the country, have undergone the cut. A 2014 small scale survey of paediatricians in Australia found that 23 respondents (2.3%) had seen 59 children who had undergone FGC procedures in the last 5 years.
Source: British Medical Journal
FGC is not known to be traditionally practised in Australia. The type of FGC practised by migrant communities living in Australia will typically depend on the ethnic group and/or country of origin. There have been reports of Type I FGC being carried out to curb mastubation.
[Source: UNICEF, DHS and MICS]
3 in 2018 index, based on 2017 data.
3 deaths per 1,000 live births (2016).
6 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015).
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