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The treatment of gender dysphoria for children and adolescents

08 November 2019
 
 
 

The topic of best-practice evidence-based care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria has recently been raised by RANZCP members, other clinicians, politicians and sections of the media.

The RANZCP has established a small working group with representatives of relevant committees, together with psychiatrists who have identified expertise to undertake a review of the treatment evidence and provide advice to the Board.

The RANZCP is committed to supporting the needs of young people who experience gender dysphoria.

During adolescence, young people undergo biopsychosocial development phases during which they must establish their social and sexual identities.

This can be a particularly challenging period for LGBTIQ+ people and a time of heightened vulnerability to mental health issues.

Gender dysphoria is a complex disorder which requires assertive and comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment by child and adolescent psychiatrists, in collaboration with other health professionals.

Importantly, there can be considerable variation in the treatment paths chosen by young people experiencing gender dysphoria – there is no one size fits all approach.

The RANZCP is mindful of the sensitivities around this topic and urges considered and respectful public discussion.

ENQUIRIES: For more information, or to arrange an interview call Sarah Carr on +61 (0)3 9640 0646 or +61 437 315 911, or email media@ranzcp.org.