Gender dysphoria in children and adolescents: A description of a newly established multidisciplinary public health service in Western Australia

Background

Across the world, increasing numbers of children and adolescents are presenting with gender dysphoria, which can be defined as distress related to a marked incongruence between the birth assigned sex, and the person’s... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

Given minimal research has been conducted in the Clinical Paediatric Setting; this service aims to contribute to the body of knowledge regarding best practice and positive outcomes for transgender children/adolescents and... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

Children/Adolescents can be referred from a variety of sources including but not limited to General Practitioners, Paediatrician, other Child and Adolescent Mental-Health Service professionals, and Non-Government... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

The GDS strives to provide assessment, information, and access to gender affirming treatments, according to WPATH international guidelines and support for children/adolescents and their families accessing the service. ... [ view full abstract ]

Results

Currently, the GDS has over 138 families with an active referral. Of these, 31 percent identify as male to female and 69 percent female to male. The service has discharged 60 families as they have transitioned to adulthood. ... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

The GDS is the only public health service in Western Australia for families with children with gender dysphoria. This service aims to operate in the most current. evidence-based approach to facilitate the safety of the... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

  1. Liz Saunders (Gender Diversity Service, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children)
  2. Julie Moore (Gender Diversity Service, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children)
  3. Hans-willem van Hall (Gender Diversity Service, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children)
  4. Sarah Robinson (Gender Diversity Service, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children)
  5. Colette Halpin (Gender Diversity Service, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children)
  6. Roxanne Buktenica (Gender Diversity Service, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Children and adolescents

Session

OS-1B » Children & Adolescents I: Caring for Transgender Youth in Various Countries (14:00 - Thursday, 6th April, Atlantic 2)