Hormone therapy for trans and gender diverse patients in the general practice setting

Pauline Cundill

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Abstract

Background: In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of trans, gender diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) people accessing healthcare. For many of these individuals the first port of call will be to their local general practitioner (GP). The TGDNB community is a high-priority population with the highest suicide rates of any population group in Australia. There is evidence that mental health outcomes improve significantly when individuals are able to access gender-affirming hormones. 

Objective: The aim of this article is to provide GPs working in Australia with a practical guide to prescribe gender-affirming hormone therapy to TGDNB patients. 

Discussion: GPs are ideally placed to provide care for TGDNB patients in the primary care setting. Gender incongruence is no longer viewed as a mental health disorder. In recent years there has been a move away from mandatory psychiatric assessment to more contemporary patient-centred models of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-390
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian journal of general practice
Volume49
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

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