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The RCH Gender Service provide holistic family centered care. Specialty teams involved include: medicine (adolescent medicine, endocrinology, gynaecology, general surgery), nursing, psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, speech pathology, clinical ethics and legal services.
Paediatrician and Head of Department of Adolescent Medicine
As Director of the RCH Gender Service, Michelle has been
instrumental in its development and expansion since 2012. She is a strong
advocate for legal change and improved access to medical and mental health care
for transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents in Australia.
Debi joined the RCH Gender Service in 2013.
Debi also has degrees in Law and Arts and an interest in Bioethics, and enjoys
the opportunity to work with this remarkable group of children and young
joined the Gender Service in December 2015, and brings to the role a strong
clinical focus on child and adolescent mental health and extensive research
experience. Ken is excited to assist and learn from children, adolescent and
families dealing with gender issues, and hopes to be able to improve their care
Renata is an experienced general paediatrician
who joined the Gender Service after having worked at the Royal Children’s
Hospital in inpatient and outpatient settings. Renata’s special interest areas
include Aboriginal child health (she also works in the Wadja clinic at RCH) and
the community sector to help improve health services and access for children
who come from disadvantaged settings. Renata endeavours to provide
holistic care to the children and families with whom she is involved.
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Gender Service
Donna has a strong background in adolescent health and sexual health and
extensive experience in working with marginalised and disadvantaged youth. In
April 2015, Donna joined the Gender Service to establish the role of
Clinical Nurse Consultant, a role unique within Australia. Donna aspires to
advance her nursing role into one that produces the best
health outcomes for the young gender diverse patients who are
referred to the RCH. Donna is the recipient of the 2015 - 2016 Dame
Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship which she is using to develop
the clinical component of her role so to produce the best outcomes for our
patients and their families.
Consultant Child and
Adolescent Psychiatrist, Gender
Campbell Paul is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been at
the Royal Children's Hospital for many years, in psychiatry and infant mental
health. Over the last 15 years he has worked with many children and young
people experiencing gender dysphoria, and their families, and he was involved
in the establishment of the original RCH Gender Service.
Child and Adolescent
Tiba developed an interest in the mental
health of transgender youth after first working in the area in 2012. She also
has a particular interest in autism and the mental health of infants and young
children. She enjoys learning more every day from the young people she works
with, and is excited about being part of a team which delivers world standard
care to this important population.
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
has been working with the Gender Service for eight years. She is passionate
about helping children, young people and their families with gender issues.
has extensive experience in the field of child and adolescent mental health,
including supporting young people who face challenges with their identity, body
image and self-esteem. She takes a broad approach to maximising people’s
wellbeing in all aspects of their lives and values the importance of educating
and empowering parents. Catherine has expertise in the assessment and treatment
of eating disorders and autism spectrum disorders and recognises the need for
greater awareness and community supports regarding gender identity issues.
Zeffie is a
clinical psychologist who, following completion of her
undergraduate studies in psychology, commenced a research career at the
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She subsequently
undertook training in clinical, child, adolescent and family psychology, and
has been practicing as a psychologist for over a decade. Following clinical
roles in public child and adolescent services and private practice, Zeffie is
now part of the team at the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service where she
works as a senior clinical psychologist. She is also the Director of the
Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program at the Royal Children's Hospital's
Centre for Community Child Health, and Research Officer with the Child Health
Services Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Clinical PsychologistCarmen is a clinical psychologist with broad
experience working with children, adolescents and their families across both
outpatient and inpatient settings. She also has a strong research background
and combines her clinical work with a role at the Murdoch Childrens Research
Institute, specialising in the transfer of research knowledge into clinical and
community settings. Carmen is passionate about improving quality of life and
wellbeing for all young people, and feels especially privileged to have the
opportunity to work with gender diverse young people in her role in the Gender
Lead Endocrinology and Diabetes
Michele is a Paediatric Endocrinologist at the
Royal Children’s Hospital who has been involved in the care of transgender
adolescents since late 2011. Together with the Adolescent Medicine
paediatricians, Michele has helped to develop the Gender Service’s information
statements and guidelines for use of hormonal therapies in transgender youth.
As part of her ongoing role with the Gender Service, Michele is keen to assess
outcomes of youth seen at our clinic, to optimise care pathways.
Garry Warne was a consultant paediatric endocrinologist at
the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne for 34 years, from 1977 until 2012,
including 19 years (1980-1999) as Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes.
Throughout his career, he carried out basic and clinical research into
disorders of sex development and co-edited a textbook on intersex disorders in
2011. In 1998 Professor Warne was appointed the founding director of Royal
Children’s Hospital International, an externally funded department which
provided major capacity building projects in collaboration with hospitals in
India, Indonesia and Vietnam. With Professor Campbell Paul, he co-founded the
Gender Dysphoria service at RCH in 2003. Garry retired in January 2012.
With over 12 years
of research experience, Michelle has strong
research interests in adolescent health and wellbeing. In 2015, Michelle began
collaborating with the RCH Gender Service to undertake research and evaluation
which aims to better understand the health profile of children and adolescents
with gender concerns, including outcomes of treatment provision. Michelle is
keen to continue to expand this research and to embed a clinical evaluation
within the Gender Service in the future.
Senior Speech Pathologist
Alex is a voice therapist. She
has worked for many years at the Royal Children's Hospital in different
medical, surgical and mental health teams but her main interest is in
helping young people achieve the voice they want, working with them
to maintain a healthy, strong and effective voice throughout their lives.
Department of Adolescent Medicine
Shantelle has worked as
the admin coordinator for the Gender Service since its expansion in 2013. She
is passionate about helping young children and adolescents on their journey to
finding their true self and is dedicated to supporting the team that help
patients on this journey.