Queensland doctor calls for review into transgender affirmative medicine | The Australian
Queensland health executives have dismissed calls for a review of the state children’s hospital’s gender service, continuing to insist its practices are “evidence-based” despite a growing worldwide movement to restrict the use of puberty blockers in children and as doctors claim vulnerable teenagers are being harmed by medical gender transition.
Paediatrician Dylan Wilson has called for an immediate moratorium on the initiation of puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones for patients of the Queensland Children’s Gender Service and an independent investigation into the processes of diagnosis and treatment at the clinic including adverse effects, the coexisting psychological pathologies of patients, and the consent process undertaken at the clinic.
Dr Wilson documented contemporary evidence which has dismantled the basis of Dutch research upon which the child-led affirmation approach to treating gender dysphoria in Australia – essentially a medical model – is heavily based. In addition, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has reviewed the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for treating gender dysphoria and declared the evidence supporting prescription of the drugs to be of “very low certainty”, echoing the “gaps in the evidence base” highlighted by the UK’s Cass review.