A referral from a medical professional is required to have a consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Please speak to your GP about a referral to the specialist of your choice.
Assessment prior to Surgery
Assessment and documentation of persistent gender dysphoria by a qualified mental health professional is necessary for initiation of surgical treatments.
Each procedure has a different set of criteria recommended to enable surgery to occur – these criteria are set by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Further, each surgeon may have a different protocol they follow.
They key criterion are:
- Persistent, well documented gender dysphoria;
- Capacity to make a fully informed decision and to consent for treatment
- Age of majority
- If significant medical or mental health concerns are present, they must be reasonably well controlled
- In some circumstances, hormone therapy is a perquisite.
Psychiatrists and psychologists who can complete specialist gender-related mental health assessments. Please ask your GP for a referral to your chosen mental health professional.
Below please find a list of the key organisations that provide services. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other support services that operate within each state.
If you require immediate help and you are in Australia, please call 000. If you need counselling support now please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back 1300 659 467 and/or Mens Line Australia 1300 78 99 78.
Gender Support – Aleph Melbourne
Alep Melourne offers a safe and inclusive environment for people in the Jewish community who are gender diverse. If you are transgender, gender-fluid, gender questioning, gender neutral or gender queer, then you are welcome here.
Visit - https://aleph.org.au/gender-support/
Genderqueer Australia – Genderqueer peeps
Genderqueer Australia began in 2010 as a peer support group for Gender Questioning, Genderqueer and Trans people, and their family and friends.
We now inform genderqueer, gender diverse and LGBTIQ+ of events, information and call-outs.
Visit - https://www.genderqueer.org.au/
Rainbow Families Inc is the peak organisation supporting LGBTQ+ parents and their children. It works to reduce discrimination and disadvantage faced by children of LGBTQ+ parents so they can thrive and shine and is a support network for parents and carers, as well as future parents and carers.
The purpose of Rainbow Families is to build a community that fosters resiliency by connecting, supporting and empowering LGBTQ+ parents and their children.
Visit - https://www.rainbowfamilies.com.au/
Seahorse Club Victoria (seahorsevic.com.au)
Seahorse Victoria Inc was formed in 1975 as a support and social group for the Victorian transgender community and is the longest running organisation of its type in Australia.
Visit - https://seahorsevic.com.au/
Spectrum Intersections - The Rainbow Neurodiverse Group
The Rainbow Neurodiverse Group are a free peer led group for people 18 and over who identify as neurodiverse and on the LGBTIQA+ Spectrums.
This is a safe space and learning environment for people without fear of judgement, misunderstanding, harassment or abuse.
Visit - https://www.spectrumintersections.org
Transfamily is a peer support group for parents, siblings, children, extended family, partners, and friends of trans and gender diverse people.
They offer an understanding environment for friends and family of trans and gender diverse people to share experiences, ask questions, seek advice and support. They are based in Melbourne, Victoria where the group meets monthly, however support is extended and offered to the wider Victorian and Australian population whenever possible.
Visit - https://www.transfamily.org.au/
The Shed is a Melbourne based support group for trans masculine people, including AFAB people who are non-binary and those who are questioning or exploring their gender.
We meet up to support each other and build resilience through sharing personal experiences of trans life.
Visit - https://www.theshedsupport.org.au/