Reproductive health rights for children, adolescents and young adults (CAYA)

A/Prof Yasmin Jayasinghe from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has recently been appointed as the Secretary General of the International Federation of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology. FIGIJ brings together Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) experts and multidisciplinary professionals from all corners of the globe and strives, to improve the reproductive health of young people through clinical care, research and education. AProf Yasmin chairs the newly developed  FIGIJ Reproductive Justice Working Party which will oversee the activities of the Society that relate to critical issues that affect the gynaecological, sexual and reproductive health rights of youth at a country-level. The core values include the right to parent a child or children at a time of a person’s choice, in safe and healthy environments. This builds upon the work of The Fertility Preservation Taskforce at The University of Melbourne, managed by Dr Michael Assis, Dr Diana Navarro-Perez and Rose Messiha. Currently the taskforce is driving the Australian New Zealand Consortium in child and adolescent young adult Oncofertility working towards national standards of care.

The team are also celebrating recent awards in the last couple of months. Joe Liu received an MDSC2023 Research Prize and Harjot Kaur received Master of Biomedical Science Best Research Project 2021 – Class of 2022, and Michael Assis and Annie Le (Hons) received best video presentation at the World Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology May 2023. The students may a vibrant dynamic contribution towards advances in the program.