5 August 2019
A team lead by Austin Health endocrinologist Dr. Ada Cheung has written the first ever set of guidelines to guide doctors in the care of transgender and gender diverse Australians.
Ada says that her team wrote the guidelines, as well as a position statement published in today's Medical Journal of Australia, because of a rising demand for gender-affirming hormone therapy.
"Estimates suggest that 0.1-2.0% of the population are transgender and gender diverse (TGD), yet medical education in transgender health is lacking. We aim to provide general practitioners, physicians and other medical professionals with specific Australian recommendations for the hormonal and related management of adult TGD individuals," says Ada, who also has an appointment at The University of Melbourne.
She and her colleagues made seven main recommendations:
"Gender-affirming hormone therapy is effective and, in the short term, relatively safe with appropriate monitoring," the team wrote.
"Further research is needed to guide clinical care and understand long term effects of hormonal therapies."
"We provide the first guidelines for medical practitioners to aid the provision of gender-affirming care for Australian adult TGD individuals."