Tuesday 19 May 2015
Gender dysphoria clinic funding left out in the cold
Equality Minister Martin Foley in a Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing today was unable to identify any additional funds to be provided in 2015-16 to meet increasing demand for the services provided by the Royal Children’s Hospital gender unit and Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic.
The waiting list for the RCH gender unit has blown out to 14 months and there is also a significant waiting list at Monash’s Gender Dysphoria Clinic (GDC) of six to nine months.
Trans and gender diverse Victorians have unique healthcare needs that relate to addressing their gender identity concerns and issues, and ever increasing waiting times for treatment only adds to the stigma, discrimination and social exclusion that regrettably many still experience.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Equality, David Davis:
Victoria’s two specialist clinics that cater for the healthcare needs of trans and gender diverse Victorians need an urgent and dedicated funding boost to keep pace with increasing referrals.
Yet the Andrews Labor Government today failed to give any concrete indication of much needed additional support for the Monash and RCH clinics.
As the Equality Minister was unable to offer any comfort to the increasing numbers of trans and gender diverse Victorians seeking appropriate treatment, Health Minister Jill Hennessey needs to urgently make appropriately increased funding available to these clinics.