Trans, Gender Diverse & Non-Binary Health
Several GPs at Northside Clinic are experienced in prescribing and monitoring hormone therapy. We refer to several clinical guidelines including the Standards of Care – WPATH World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and a guide to adult hormone therapy published in Australia, click here to access.
Most Northside Clinic GPs can prescribe hormones only after a mental health assessment has been completed by a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist that specialises in gender issues.
Some Northside Clinic GPs start hormones for gender affirmation using the ‘informed consent’ model’, which means that the GP does the mental health assessment first, then prescribes unless the person has serious mental health issues that need to be addressed first.
The Northside Clinic practice nurses are available for further education regarding hormone therapy, including education sessions regarding self-injecting technique for people taking testosterone.
For more information about starting and taking hormones visit TransHub.
Patients aged under 18 years are usually seen at the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic in Parkville.
It is important for everyone to have a good GP. A good GP will coordinate your care, monitor your health, advocate and provide support for you throughout your journey. Your GP can liaise with your teachers / school if required, and assist you with transition to adult services after the age of 18.