The Andrews Labor Government will provide the Royal Children’s Hospital with an additional $6 million over four years to reduce the growing waiting list for its gender dysphoria service.
After years of neglect under the previous Liberal Government, young trans and gender diverse Victorians are currently forced to wait more than 12 months for medical and counselling services at the Hospital.
The Dysphoria Service provides a range of medical and mental health assessment services, treatment and management services, and supports children and adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria.
The number of referrals to the service has steadily increased, from seven in 2007, to 104 in 2014. It’s estimated that between 120 and 150 new referrals will be received this year alone.
This additional funding will ensure children and adolescents can access the specialist doctors and support services they need in a timely way.
This funding is part of the Labor Government’s massive boost to Victoria’s health system in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, with an additional $2.1 billion for hospitals, ambulances, health programs and mental health services.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy
“Demand for gender dysphoria services in Victoria continues to grow – but the Liberals sat on their hands for four years.”
“Labor is acting quickly to deliver the extra funding needed to meet the increasing demand for youth gender dysphoria services, now and into the future.”
“We are committed to investing in health because we believe all Victorians deserve to be able to access the care they need in a timely way.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Equality, Martin Foley
“The Gender Dysphoria Service at the Royal Children’s makes a huge difference to the well-being of very vulnerable young people and their families. This clinic saves lives.”
“We know that timely access to multidisciplinary support is crucial for young people approaching puberty and experiencing gender dysphoria, and we’re providing this funding to bring down the waiting list.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving access to healthcare for LGBTI Victorians.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020