New standards of care for trans and gender diverse children and adolescents

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, 2017

The first Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines for trans and gender diverse children and adolescents, led Led by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, have been released.

Dr Michelle Telfer, Head of Adolescent Medicine and Gender Services at the RCH, says health professionals, such as GPs, school counsellors and psychologists, from around the country often seek information from the RCH but until now only international guidelines had been available.

“With 1.2% of adolescents identifying as transgender, and referrals and requests for specialist support on the rise, there is definitely a need for Australia to have its own guidelines. Trans-medicine is a relatively new area of medical practise, and most doctors didn’t get taught how to manage the care of trans children and adolescents in medical school or in their later specialist training. These guidelines, developed by leaders in this field, will help to fill this knowledge gap,” she says.

The guidelines were developed using current evidence and the input of more than 50 specialists, and they have the endorsement of the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health.

The guidelines include terminology, information about the unique clinical needs, treatment information, and the role of the various medical disciplines involved in the care.

Trans and gender diverse children and teenagers, and their parents, have also been consulted along the way.

“We frequently hear that many doctors, and other clinicians, don’t feel confident in what to do or say when they come across trans or gender diverse children or adolescents for the first time. With a guide to help them through all the stages of their care, our patients’ feel that they are likely to get better care and that others will also have a more positive experience when approaching doctors or psychologists,” she adds.

 

SHINE’s Marriage Equality Counselling Service launches today

SHINE SA, October 16, 2017

Is the marriage equality ‘debate’ making you feel hopeless, afraid, lonely, angry or upset?

Are you struggling with relationships, discrimination or bullying?

Not sure who to talk to or where to get help?

Marriage Equality Counselling Service is a free, confidential telephone and online counselling service available to LGBTIQ South Australians of all ages, staffed by experienced counsellors and provided through SHINE SA. The service launches today.

  • FREECALL 1800 290 575 
  • 12 – 8 pm MONDAY TO FRIDAY
  • If you require online support please phone the number above initially
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SA Govt funds SHINE SA for more mental health support for the LGBTIQ community during marriage equality survey

Ian Hunter MLC, September 16, 2017

The State Government will provide extra mental health and counselling services for the LGBTIQ community due to expected increases in demand while the marriage equality postal survey is conducted.

According to beyondblue, LGBTI Australians have an increased risk of depression, anxiety, self-harming and suicidal thoughts. And they are twice as likely to suffer physical, verbal and emotional abuse.

There is widespread concern throughout the community that these issues will be exacerbated, particularly among young LGBTIQ people, as the nation debates changes to the Marriage Act.

In response, the South Australian Government is providing a one-off payment of $100,000 to SHINE SA to deliver extra services to the LGBTIQ community throughout South Australia.

SHINE SA is the lead agency for health and wellbeing services to the LGBTIQ community in South Australia. With Rainbow Tick accreditation and the state licence to provide HOW2 training for inclusive services, SHINE SA will utilise its strong networks with the LGBTIQ community to provide face-to-face, telephone and online services to people experiencing emotional and mental health issues over the coming months.

Dedicated telephone outreach services for LGBTIQ South Australians living in remote and regional areas that face the additional challenges of distance and isolation will also be provided.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course at SHINE

SHINE SA, March 2017

Learn skills and gain confidence to assist young people experiencing mental health problems or crises.

If you have frequent contact with young people at work, or you are the parent of a young person, this course will help you:

  • identify the signs of mental health problems
  • know how and where to get help
  • understand what sort of help has been shown to be effective

Course Outline

Delivered by an accredited and experienced instructor, this course covers topics including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use as well how to provide help and first aid in a mental health crisis such as suicidal thoughts.

This course is the latest edition (4th edition, released in 2017).

Course Details

By completing the online assessment after the course, you will receive a Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

Location: SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Catering: Lunch is not provided in order to keep costs down. Please bring your own lunch, or there are several delis and cafes close to the venue if you wish to buy your lunch.

Course Cost

$160 (student discount of 10% available) – includes a copy of the Youth Mental Health First Aid manual

Course Dates

Date start: 03 May 2017
Date end: 04 May 2017

Date start: 31 August 2017
Date end: 01 September 2017

 

  • Enrol here
  • For more information, please contact Zac Cannell on
    1300 794 584 or zac.cannell@shinesa.org.au

 

SA Practitioners List for Trans* Health

Trans* Health South Australia, Updated 6th February 2017

The SA Practitioners List: A Community Directory for Sex and Gender Diverse Persons in South Australia has been updated.

The list was compiled by gender diverse community members last year, and is continually undergoing development to attempt to better reflect community needs. It features GPs, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists, sexual health physicians, gynaecologists, surgeons, and allied health practitioners.

The list is based on feedback from members of the community and/or practitioners directly.

Trans Health SA is a peer run site to support the gender diverse community, professionals, allies and those interested in where to access various resources in South Australia.

  • Access updated list here 
  • See Trans* Health South Australia website here 

Cutting Edge Issues in Sexuality and Relationships Education (Forum)

SHine SA, October 2016

You are warmly invited to an interactive forum which will be held as an adjunct to the Australasian Sexual Health Conference being held in Adelaide, November 2016.

Who is this for? Teachers, community educators, health promotion officers, registered nurses and midwives, doctors, counsellors and other interested people.

Forum Themes • Taking gender and sexual diversity seriously • Confidence in teaching about sexual violence • Student ‘voice’ in sexuality education: problems and possibilities • Pre-service teacher education: the hope for change in sexual and relationships education

Panel Members

Professor Peter Aggleton: Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia

• Dr Helen Calabretto: SHine SA

• Associate Professor Tiffany Jones: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

• Jane Flentje: Educational Consultant; former Coordinator Teacher Education, SHine SA

• James Castle: Schools Coordinator, Schools Education & Support, SHine SA; White Ribbon Ambassador

• Professor Bruce Johnson: School of Education, University of South Australia

• Natalie Terminelli: Teacher, Woodville High School

• Dr Debbie Ollis: School of Education, Deakin University

• Dr Deborah Bateson: Family Planning NSW; President, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance

When 16 November 2016: Registration: 3.00 – 3.20 pm; Forum: 3.20 – 6.00 pm

Where University of South Australia, City West Campus, BH 2.09 Lecture Theatre (Barbara Hanrahan Building)

Transport Public car parking is available in Hindley Street. Tram, bus and train transport are convenient to the City West Campus.

Cost $20 (includes refreshments).

Registration Click here to register by 5.00pm Monday 14 November. There will be limited places available at the door (cash only), but we would prefer pre-registration to assist us with catering.

Further information: Gemma Weedall (08) 8300 5394 or Helen Calabretto (08) 7099 5318

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