The peak psychiatry college has become the first medical body in the country to acknowledge shifting international evidence on transgender healthcare and puberty blockers in a major position statement challenging the approach of children’s hospitals.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists declined to endorse genderaffirming care as the key intervention for children who believe they may be transgender, highlighting an increasingly cautious approach in some European countries amid a lack of evidence for the medical pathway.
It acknowledged the plight of detransitioners, who it noted had reported being harmed by medical transition.
The college has also issued an ambiguous statement defining sex as a biological characteristic – a statement in opposition to the notion put forward by trans activists that sex is a concept related to identity rather than a binary state.
Source: Transgender healthcare is under the spotlight as psychiatrists issue new position statement | The Australian