Monday, 6 July 2015

New research project from the Jean Hailes Research Unit

Researchers from SPHPM's Jean Hailes Research Unit are conducting an important research project on the sensitive topic of female genital modification in Australia. This multifaceted project is investigating the investigating the relevant experiences, preferences and attitudes of women and men in Australia.

Women in Australia are increasingly electing to have cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of their genitals. We don’t know why this is happening. The aim of the project is to understand the cultural, social, and psychological reasons for this trend. 

The research methods include in-depth interviews with women, doctors, and beauty therapists; a nation-wide online survey; and the analysis of selected social media sites.

It is intended that the research findings will be used to inform educational programs in schools and online; public health campaigns; and professional development for doctors and beauty therapists. A summary of the research findings will be published online on completion of the project. 

Women and men living in Australia, aged 18 years or older are invited to complete the anonymous Online Survey exploring what people in Australia think about genital cosmetic modification. The survey focuses on women’s genitals and attitudes towards altering their appearance. 

To complete the survey on a mobile device please click here and to complete the survey on a desktop computer or laptop please click here.

If you would like more information on the project please email

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