First Published at openinquiry.nz August 16, 2023
Child abuse paediatricians are doctors trained in diagnosing child abuse. They advocate for abused and neglected children and for programmes to prevent child mistreatment, and they consider whether conditions bringing children into hospital might have been caused by abuse. However there are situations where over-zealous paediatricians, in the desire to protect children, wrongly equate specific physical findings as evidence of abuse, with devastating consequences to children and their families.
FIRST PUBLISHED JUL 16, 2023 at Newsroom
Felicity Goodyear-Smith is a professor in general practice at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland.
Shaken baby syndrome needs a rethink
The term Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) presupposes an action with malicious intent. These emotive labels should have no place masquerading as a medical diagnosis.
The autumn 2023 University of Auckland alumni magazine included a review by Jodie Yeats of ‘From Crime to Care – the History of Abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand’.
by Annemarie Quill
First published on Stuff 05:25, May 03 2023
Gonorrhoea can be spread by kissing without any sexual activity, experts say (file photo).
A sexually transmitted disease on the rise in Aotearoa, commonly referred to as ‘the clap’, can be caught from kissing, shared towels and even flies.
And government health advice, which says it can only be transmitted via sexual activity, needs to be updated, experts say.
Felicity was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on National Radio’s programme Nine to Noon this morning about her new book Murder that wasn’t – the case of George Gwaze.