New Gender Clinic opens at Healthy Communities
Brisbane’s new Gender Clinic opened at Healthy Communities in Teneriffe this morning.
The weekly clinic will open on Wednesdays and clients will be bulk-billed by Dr Gale Bearman, who is the state’s leading GP on transgender health.
The Gender Clinic at its former site at Biala Sexual Health Clinic in Roma Street was closed by the Newman Government in January this year.
Kristine Johnson, Shelley Argent, Dr Gale Bearman, John Mikelsons, Vicki Howard, Rob Cavallucci and Gina Mather inside the new Gender Clinic. Photo: A. Shaw
An official ribbon cutting by Shelley Argent, who donated substantial funds to start the clinic, was attended by community members and guests including LNP MP Rob Cavallucci, Brisbane City Councillor Vicki Howard, Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland's Gina Mather and Kristine Johnson, and Healthy Communities’ executive director John Mikelsons.
Shelley Argent today told guests she was concerned that private funds were needed to establish a clinic for transgender people.
Although she recently retired from her position as head of the Brisbane chapter of PFLAG, Argent said PFLAG was now becoming more aware of trans issues and pledged her ongoing support to the LGBTIQ community.
Inside the Gender Clinic.
Dr Gale Bearman spoke of the particularly difficult obstacles facing her trans clients, but also spoke of society’s changing attitude towards trans people.
“It’s a shame that just as society is on the cusp of change, everything is defunded – it’s appalling,” she said.
The Gender Clinic will open on Wednesdays and appointments are now being taken (call Wednesdays only) on (07) 3017 1777.
IMAGE, TOP: Shelley Argent opens the Gender Clinic as Healthy Communities executive director John Mikelsons and Dr Gale Bearman look on. Photo: A. Shaw