Gender Service

The Q Psychology Gender Service provides gender-affirming assessment, treatment, and support for trans, gender diverse, and non-binary children, adolescents, and adults.

Q Psychology provides gender-affirming support to trans, gender diverse, and non-binary (TGDNB) children, adolescents, adults, and their families. We also provide gender-affirming assessments to adults. Our gender service has been established in line with best-practice and evidence-based guidelines (including the WPATH standards of care version 8). Our service works closely with various external medical providers and healthcare networks (e.g., gender practitioners, paediatricians, endocrinologists, psychiatrists) to provide multidisciplinary healthcare.

Our Gender Service team have extensive training and experience in supporting trans, gender diverse, and non-binary folk. The service can help people explore and understand their gender as well as provide assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria and other often co-occurring presentations (e.g., autism and ADHD). The service can also support people to affirm their gender (i.e., ‘transition’). This may involve support with social transition such as exploring name and pronoun changes, changes to gender expression, supporting families, friends, schools, workplaces, and other areas of a person’s life to support their gender affirmation.

WPATH assessments

We provide WPATH assessments for adults seeking Gender Affirming Medical and/or Surgical Treatment (GAMST). The purpose of an assessment is to support individuals to make independence decisions regarding their healthcare and treatment and to assist them to achieve their goals in a safe manner.

Typically the assessment explores goals and motivations for GAMST, gender identity and gender development, social and legal affirmation, the presence and impact of gender dysphoria, the impact of other difficulties, and overall understanding of, and readiness for, GAMST (including the impacts of treatment).

The process usually takes a few appointments. Our role is to help an individual make informed decisions regarding GAMST and to ensure they can achieve their affirmation goals in a safe way. Sometimes, to ensure GAMST goals are achieved safely, the assessment also involves helping individuals to explore their gender identity if they’re uncertain. It may also involve supporting their overall mental health. Assessments are delivered in line with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care version 8.

Once the assessment is complete, your clinician will write a report to whichever medical professional is supporting you in your affirmation (e.g., a GP or surgeon). The report will be discussed with you before it is made available to medical professionals. Generally, reports are valid for three months (please check with your medical professional as to their required time frame).

Costs

Sessions are charged at the clinician’s standard fee for a 50 minute session. With a GP referral and valid mental health care plan a Medicare rebate is available for each session (up to 10 sessions per calendar year).

There are additional costs for WPATH reports. Medicare does not provide a rebate for reports.

Availability and access

Our Gender Service is available face to face at our clinics or via Telehealth. As Telehealth is available, the service is available Australia-wide.

Important links

WPATH guidelines: https://www.wpath.org/publications/soc

Transhub: https://www.transhub.org.au/

The Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service: https://www.rch.org.au/adolescent-medicine/gender-service