Age of Consent for Transgender Surgery
A ruling on age of consent for transgender surgery – On March 16th, judges of the Family Court of Australia declared that 16-year-old adolescents with confirmed Gender Dysphoria, who are able toprovide informed consent to medical treatment, are no longer required to make an application to the Family Court in order to have surgery.
What is the ruling on age of consent for transgender surgery?
This is in line with the December 2017 ruling about adolescents being able to consent to gender-affirming hormone therapy. Prior to these rulings, young people had to wait until 18 years of age to start hormone therapy or have surgery.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) guidelines have not changed. They currently recommend that the diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria is made either by a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or mental health professional with appropriate training, experience and ongoing professional development in gender identity issues.
It is possible that these recommendations will also change with time. The next WPATH meeting will be held on November 2018 in Buenos Aires.
So, watch this space!
If you would like to read the WPATH Standards of Care, go to https://www.wpath.org/publications/soc
Dr Tonia Mezzini is known for offering the best possible advice and treatment options for a person’s sexual health care needs. In particular, she cares for patients with:
Gender-affirming hormone therapy
Complex contraceptive choices
Recurrent bacterial vaginosis
Information about sexual health
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Chronic pelvic pain in men and women
Menopause and hormonal concerns
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