1310. Hon Alison Xamon to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the Gender Diversity Service (GDS) at Princess Margaret Hospital, and I ask:
(a) what is the waiting list length for the GDS;
(b) what is the longest time that an individual has had to wait to gain access to the GDS;
(c) does the Minister intend to expand the GDS and services alike, given the disproportionately high number of transgender people experiencing mental illness;
(d) if no to (c), why not;
(e) if yes to (c):
(i) what is the amount in additional funding that is planned/will be implemented; and
(ii) what is this number represented as a percentage of the current funding supplied to the GDS;
(f) how many healthcare services specialise in providing healthcare to transgender and gender diverse youth; and
(g) what are the specific referral pathways that enable transgender and gender diverse youth to access healthcare services specific to them?
Hon Alanna Clohesy replied:
I am advised that:
(a) 43 Patients.
(b) 5 months.
(c)–(e) Any expansion of the Gender Diversity Services program, will require detailed consideration of the existing service provision, and future demand, capacity and cost modelling, underpinned by a business case which will require approval and funding allocation through the normal Government process.
(f) The Gender Diversity Service is the only Statewide specialist public health service providing healthcare to transgender and gender diverse youth up to 18 years of age.
(g) Patients and families can see their GP as the first contact and request referral to the Gender Diversity Service.