Court authorisation no longer needed for treatment of trans youth
LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:51 Written by // Cec Busby
Following a landmark Family Court ruling, trans youth will no longer need Family Court authorisation to begin hormone blocking medication.
In the Re: Lucy (Gender Dysphoria)  FamCA 518 decision, the Family Court ruled Court authorisation will no longer be required when trans young people request hormone-blocking medication. These requests will continue to be evaluated through screening in collaboration with a young person’s medical professionals and their parent or guardian.
The LGBTI Health Alliance has welcomed the decision, which they believe will lead to healthier happier trans teens.
“Puberty is a stressful time for most young people, but can be a particularly traumatic experience for trans young people. Research shows that delaying puberty for these young people can enable them to thrive socially and academically, and can reduce their risk of self-harm and suicide, ” said Warren Talbot, Alliance Executive Director.
The benefits of a hormone block Lucrin are that the medication is fully reversible. In contrast to the changes brought about by puberty such as breast development and facial hair which can be difficult for a trans adults to reverse later in life.
“The Family Court decision will help trans young people to access necessary medical care at a crucial time in their development,” says Talbot. “Thanks to the Family Court, more trans young people will be able to survive adolescence and grow up to be healthy and productive members of Australian society.”
- TOPICS: Family Court, hormone blocker, hormone therapy, LGBTI Health Alliance, Lucrin, trans teens, transgender, Warren Talbot
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