A parent has recently provided us with the following updated information regards the Westmead Children’s Hospital (NSW):
- Children >9 and/or displaying signs of puberty can be referred to Westmead children’s hospital for gender dysphoria review.
- Referral requires a GP, pediatrician or psychiatrist letter to the Adolescent Mental Heath unit at Westmead children’s.
- The referral will be triaged by the pediatrician based on age, self harm and pubertal signs.
- If your child has already been reviewed/diagnosed by a psych you will still require the hospital to review and diagnose before being seen by the endocrinology team for hormone management. This is hospital policy.
- If your child is under 9 then it is important to find a psychiatrist, psychologist, GP or other support professional to provide support for you and your child while you wait for the intake age. This is also important for them to have in place during adolescence as the children’s hospital team cannot provide regular clinical support on an ongoing basis.
Westmead Children’s Hospital is working on research to increase its standing in the sub-speciality of gender dysphoria and attract further funding for much needed services.
Controls are required- this means children 9-14 with no signs or symptoms of gender dysphoria. Other criteria include:
-No genetic link to transgender relative
-No clinical anxiety, depression, mental health disorder
-Functional MRI will be performed. Watch Elmo have an MRI at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klyL5An1cl0
this will take 1.5hr, Parking free, $50 paid, need to complete by May 2016.
Contact – Associate Professor Kasia firstname.lastname@example.org
A trust has been set up to help the research at Westmead children’s.
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