Media Release

Gender clinic closes due to unsafe treatments

Following parents, patients and whistleblowers going public on the practice of experimental, non reversible, and damaging treatments for gender dysphoric children such as puberty blockers, cross sex hormones and body altering surgery, the UK National Health Service have shut down the 102 year old Tavistock clinic, until recently thought to be UK’s premier psychiatric clinic.

The Australian Christian Lobby’s (ACL) National Director for Politics, Wendy Francis, has welcomed the news, saying, “There is an urgent need for our government to investigate the practices of Australian gender clinics where vulnerable children are being channelled into the same experimental and harmful treatment which is being shut down in the UK.”

It is instructive that in Sweden the use of blockers for children was curtailed last year, with a leading paediatrician saying they ‘‘chemically castrate’ children, causing problems with mental health’; France has also adopted the Swedish approach with a top medical academy blaming social media for fuelling the demand for puberty blockers among teenagers, particularly girls.

Subjecting gender dysphoric children to a combination of hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones with irreversible consequences, including brittle bones, faulty joints, osteoporosis, depression, anxiety and sterility, is already becoming one of our nation’s worst medical scandals.

“Australians will be shocked to learn that the affirmation model of care for gender dysphoric children, soundly discredited by overseas and Australian medical experts such as the Australian National Association of Practising Psychiatrists, is currently being proposed as mandatory treatment in Tasmania.”

ACL urges the Federal government to launch an immediate investigation into Australian gender clinics and State health ministers to ban the discredited affirmation model of care that forces medical practitioners to deny gender dysphoric children best practice care.


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