The mother of a 13-year-old girl (sic) with gender dysphoria is seeking to remove an independent children’s lawyer who has opposed her(sic) ongoing medical treatment, a Melbourne court has heard.
The girl (sic), who the court heard was self-harming and threatening suicide, is being treated at a Melbourne hospital.
Hospital policy prevents the treatment from continuing unless a family court order is obtained, or the girl’s(sic) father – who has no involvement with the child – provides consent, barrister Robin Smith, for the mother, told the court on Thursday.
Smith told the court the hospital recommended the treatment for the girl (sic), who cannot be named, as she had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
The girl (sic) was born male but “socially transitioned” at the age of four, the court heard.
But a barrister representing Susan Hamilton-Green, who is the court appointed independent children’s lawyer, said that it was important the court consider “the risks and the advantages” of the treatment and that “the science isn’t settled” before making the order.
The exact nature of the treatment sought by the girl (sic) was not mentioned during Thursday’s hearing.