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Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

Here are our next two questions for @Olivia_QLDchildrensHospital and @KaiRoe 

 

What contributes to the higher rates of mental health concerns with young people who are gender diverse?

 

and; What are some supports and resources for people questioning their gender?

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Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

@Tiny_leaf medicare can cover the appointments with your GP, Psychologist and Psychiatrist I'm not too sure about the endo or the hormones themselves, maybe @Olivia_QLDchildrensHospital could help us out here? 

Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

@Tiny_leaf "more support around social transitioning"

 

What would the community like to see with this suggestion?

What comes to mind for me at the QLD Children's gender service :

- counselling and information with families to help them support their child's social transition 

- letters to support change of gender marker on medicare cards, passport forms

- advocacy at schools, phoning them etc to explain why change in uniform important and how changing names and pronouns supports a young person to feel safe, validated and learn at school

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Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

@KaiRoe  @recharging_introvert I often find myself annoyed at the cost of medicines and healthcare! One of the things my doctor told me to use regularly is 3ml for $30! Smiley Sad I think more should be done to make healthcare more affordable for young people. I often get my family members to pick up some of my medications because they can get discounts due to being in the medical field.

Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

What are some supports and resources for people questioning their gender?

 I used the internet a lot, it was a good way for me to put words to how I was feeling, and it was good to talk to other trans people about their experiences. In Sydney, there is also a place called The Gender Centre, who i was recommended to use as they offer support groups and counselling specifically for those questioning their gender. 

https://gendercentre.org.au/

What contributes to the higher rates of mental health concerns with young people who are gender diverse?

Being LGBTQI+ is still something that's not widely accepted and transphobia and homophobia are still rampant in our society. I have faced my fair share of mental health issues and a lot of them were bought on by the fact that being trans in this world can really make it hard, people are still very biased against anything that is different and it's honestly so disheartening to see so many people feel as though they aren't worth as much just because they are not CisHet 

Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

@KaiRoe @Tiny_leaf  re costs

 

Private professionals may have gap fees. Check with your local LGBTIQAP+ youth service for your local health options. When you go to a children's gender service in a public hospital (under 18 years, sometimes under 16 years) its free or just a small gap fee at the pharmacy if you don't have a healthcare card, all the professional appointments are no charge

QLD:  https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/service-gender-clinic/

VIC: https://www.rch.org.au/adolescent-medicine/gender-service/

They also see Tasmanians in VIC clinic

WA: https://pch.health.wa.gov.au/Our-services/Mental-Health/Gender-Diversity-Service

NSW

http://www.hnekidshealth.nsw.gov.au/site/gender

https://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Westmead-Hospital/Adolescent---Young-Adult-Medicine/Adolescent-A...

Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

@Olivia_QLDchildrensHospital exactly the sort of stuff you listened there!

I'm in WA though, I don't think that the hospital I mentioned really helps with that kind of stuff..

Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

@Olivia_QLDchildrensHospital thanks for the link!

Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

Some great state based resources @Olivia_QLDchildrensHospital!

 

Online peer support can be a valuable first step, and it is so great to hear that speaking online in a supportive space among peers was helpful for you @KaiRoe Heart

 

It is heartbreaking that transphobia and homophobia are still prevalent in our society Smiley Sad We had a question submitted and I would love to hear your thoughts @KaiRoeWhat are some ways you have educated someone who is transphobic?

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Re: Gender- Ask a Pro Live with Kai and Olivia July 25th 2019

What are some ways you have educated someone who is transphobic?

if it's safe to do so i usually bring up something about how i exist and that my identity is valid, i also just make sure that i realise that not all people are going to listen and respond well so i always take my safety into consideration, sometimes i find its easier to just let it go, unless im going to be around that person in an ongoing manner in which case i try my best to make it known that i am valid Trans We Exist GIF