Caring for young people experiencing gender dysphoria

Date produced 09 November 2016

How can we best support the mental health of young people who experience gender dysphoria? Join us for an interdisciplinary panel discussion.

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Through an exploration of gender dysphoria, the webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to: 

  • describe the general principles of providing a safe and supportive environment for young people seeking care for gender dysphoria
  • implement key principles of providing an integrated approach in the identification, assessment, treatment and support of young people with gender dysphoria 
  • identify challenges, tips and strategies in providing a collaborative response to assist young people who have gender dysphoria and who are experiencing increased risk of depression, anxiety, self-harm, or suicide.  



Assoc Prof Michelle Telfer (Vic-based paediatrician)
Assoc Prof Darren Russell (Qld-based GP / sexual health physician)
Assoc Prof Campbell Paul (Vic-based psychiatrist)
Dr Elizabeth Riley (NSW-based counsellor)

Facilitator: Assoc Prof Damien Riggs (SA-based social worker)

Read more about the panel.

View the presentation slides

Read the fictional case study that forms the basis of the panel discussion

View a list of supporting resources recommended by the panel

Individual learning needs

96% of exit survey respondents reported their individual learning needs were ‘entirely met’ or ‘partially met’.

Relevance to practice

When asked to rate how relevant the webinar was to the clinicians own practice, 93% stated it was ‘entirely relevant’ or ‘partially relevant’.

Changes to work practice

92% of exit survey respondents intend to make changes to their clinical work practice as a result of attending the webinar.

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