The Queensland Children’s Gender Service (QCGS) sits within the integrated Child & Youth Mental Health Service providing specialist outpatient care at Queensland Children’s Hospital and statewide through telehealth and local partnerships. The aim of the QCGS is to improve the health, wellbeing and function of Queensland children diverse in gender identity through affirmative, family focused, interdisciplinary assessment and specialist care. Being trans or gender diverse is viewed as part of the natural spectrum of human diversity by Children’s Health Queensland and the Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines that inform our practice.
The service seeks to co-create treatment plans with the young person, their parents/legal guardians and the interdisciplinary gender service team to a) reduce gender dysphoria – the distress that can arise from an incongruence between a person’s gender identity and the gender assigned at birth; b) ameliorate harms related to family attunement, bullying, discrimination, social exclusion; c) address psychological distress where present to improve long term health and wellbeing outcomes.
Some trans and gender diverse individuals express gender diverse behaviour from a young age, whilst others do not express a trans or gender diverse identity until adolescence or adulthood. The Queensland Children’s Gender Service offers safe, expert, accessible child and family-centred care for all children and young people. We will work alongside young people and their families to maximise each young person’s strengths and work towards optimum social and emotional wellbeing and development.
Services include comprehensive, developmentally informed health assessment, provision of evidence-based information, specialist family therapy, psychological support and endocrine treatments as required. We are a multi-disciplinary team of developmentally informed health professionals including:
- Medical specialists: child and adolescent psychiatrists and paediatric endocrinologists
- Allied health and nursing mental health practitioners from the social work, psychology, nursing and speech pathology fields
- Consultation and liaison with broader support systems, e.g. G.P., school guidance officer or nurse, local CYMHS or other health providers
Who can access this service?
To access this service children must be:
- aged under 18 years
- living in Queensland
- seeking support with their gender identity
- referred by a doctor, preferably your local general practitioner.
This service is available to children residing in Queensland only.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
Coordinator, Queensland Children’s Gender Service
Meet the gender clinic team