Michelle Telfer has been a lifesaving advocate for hundreds of trans children. But her work doesn't come without controversy

Sun, 30 May 2021 06:29:02 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Dr Telfer is credited with helping to save many children's lives without
pulling out a single scalpel or tending to any life-threatening diseases. But
the job is also one of the most controversial in Australian medicine, with
critics questioning whether the medical treatment of trans children under 18 is

For Dr Telfer, the work is more important than the debate.

"We can't do nothing because doing nothing is not a neutral option for us," she
says. "Doing nothing is actually exposing young people to the risk of harm."

The gender clinic's multi-disciplinary team has treated more than 1,500
gender-diverse young people, and when the time comes for people to transition
into adult care, it can be tough emotionally."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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