Update on RANZCP Position Statement on Gender Dysphoria

16 September 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has published its Position Statement 103  ‘Recognising and addressing the mental health needs of people experiencing Gender Dysphoria/Gender Incongruence’.

The Position Statement provides an overview of Gender Dysphoria. The aim of this position statement is to guide psychiatrists and mental health professionals in how best to support people experiencing Gender Dysphoria.

The RANZCP carefully examined a broad range of evidence and consulted with expert reviewers for the development of the position statement.

The process of developing the position statement ensured an extensive range of views within the College and its Committees. The review process undertaken was considered and respectful, acknowledging the complexity and sensitivity of the issue.

Additionally, the RANZCP undertook a review of Position Statement 83 ‘Recognising and addressing the mental health needs of the LGBTIQ+ population’. The review and development of the two position statements aimed to provide an extensive overview of each topic and for a greater focus on values and respect.

The RANZCP will continue to regularly review its position statements to provide up to date guidance for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.