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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
2017 the demand for the service had significantly increased to more than 250 referrals.
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
Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service aims to improve the physical and mental
wellbeing outcomes of children and adolescents who experience gender dysphoria.
A Gender Service program logic model was developed to articulate how
the expanding multidisciplinary service would look.
Program Logic Model 2016