The recent online News Weekly article on the findings of the study by clinicians at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead gender clinic in Sydney provides valuable data for development of the best treatment model for children/young people presenting with gender dysphoria. The Westmead study expressed concern at the medicalisation of treatment over “a biopsychosocial, trauma-informed model of mental-health care for children presenting with gender dysphoria.” The study concluded that the evidence base for medicalisation using puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones—and for their potential long-term side effects—is “sparse and contradictory”.
Terri is a research officer and National Vice President of the Australian Family Association (AFA). Her work involves research into issues that affect the family, social, political and economic, providing the basis to lobby government on family-friendly public policies. Terri is also a founding member of the AFA/SafeKids Alliance set up to work for broad-based inclusive anti-bullying alternatives to the Safe Schools and Respectful Relationships programs and to remove/ban the promotion of transgender or gender fluid theory from programs in Australian schools.