Media Release

The Writing is on the Wall for Australian Gender Clinics

Australian gender clinics continue to stubbornly refuse to face facts and pause prescribing puberty blockers to children, ignoring yet another nation doing just that. 

National Director of Politics for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), Wendy Francis, said, “With the announcement that Scotland’s NHS has paused prescribing puberty blockers and hormone treatments for children, the writing is on the wall for Australian gender clinics. Every delay now only deepens the scandal. 

“The very institution meant to be protecting Australian children is stubbornly ignoring evidence that they are doing the very opposite. To the detriment of our nation’s vulnerable children, Australian gender clinics have adopted a stubborn unwillingness to consider the UK’s landmark Cass review of gender services for under-18s. 

“The clear indications from this review is that the use of puberty blockers on children is a dangerous experiment and should be stopped immediately before more children suffer lifelong consequences. For the many Australian families who have been negatively impacted by the ‘affirmation model’ of treatment, the refusal of clinicians and politicians to follow the global research is unconscionable.

“Australian children deserve the same high level of care that is being recommended for gender dysphoric children in nations such as the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Finland and Sweden.”

The ACL call on State and Federal governments to immediately call for a cessation of prescribing puberty blockers to children and initiate an independent medical inquiry into the practice.

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