The Gender Service background, funding and program logic

  • Background

    In 2003 Professor Garry Warne and Associate Professor Campbell Paul received the first referral to the Royal Children’s Hospital for a young person with gender dysphoria. Since 2009 there has been an ever increasing number of referrals for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents up to 17 years who are gender diverse or experience gender dysphoria. Following the retirement of Professor Garry Warne in 2012 Michelle Telfer was appointed as clinical lead for the gender service and a service structure was created. By 2015 the demand for the service had significantly increased to more than 170 referrals.

    New referrals to RCH GS by year

    New referrals by year graph

    Funding

    To address the increased demand for a child and adolescent gender service specific funding was awarded by the State Government to the RCH to – build a multidisciplinary team that can provide a holistic approach to reducing the waitlist.

    Goal

    The Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing outcomes of children and adolescents who experience gender dysphoria.

    Program logic model

    A Gender Service program logic model was developed to articulate how the expanding multidisciplinary service would look.

    Program Logic Model 2016

    Program Logic Model 2016