Australian Pap Smear Registers and the Creation of Gendered Identities

Joanne Stagg-Taylor
2013 Griffith Law Review  
Governments in several Australian jurisdictions have enacted legislation that creates cervical cancer registers. Unlike other legislation relating to several other types of health register, cervical cancer register legislation sets up oversight, reminder and information-gathering regimes about all patients who undergo testing for cervical cancer. The government sets up reminder systems and information-gathering from which women must opt out rather than opting in to use the system. This article
more » ... xamines cervical cancer register legislation and compares and contrasts legislative regimes that address comparative health regimes. Using textual analysis and a feminist theoretical model, the article examines how women are treated differently from patient groups comprising mainly men or mixed-gender groups. It then analyses how the legislation creates and reinforces gender identities. * Lecturer, Griffith Law School.
doi:10.1080/10383441.2013.10854785 fatcat:kghk2x77t5hh7hrmjih43dhvyi