In the wake of recent toxic public debate, the Victorian Government and health services have shown their support for the transgender community, including trans children, adolescents and their families. The column this week also traverses climate policy, the social determinants of health, health reform and the legacy of the White Australia policy, as well as previewing a stack of upcoming events not to miss.
Climate and environmental health
Climate policy has so far to go. Meanwhile, communities and advocates continue to push, and people and planetary health continue to suffer.
Health workforce matters
Read about “the single greatest act of national self-sabotage in our history: the White Australia Policy.”
Read more about The Guardian and connections with slavery.
Read the statement: “We are proud to lead Australia’s largest clinical and research program providing care for trans children, adolescents and their families, and investigate their long-term health outcomes.
In light of recent displays of hatred in Melbourne, we affirm our belief that no child should experience discrimination or the threat of discrimination.
Through our research and clinical work we know trans and gender diverse children and adolescents are some of the most vulnerable in our community. They need and deserve our support, our respect, our affirmation and our protection.
Any action that leads to their exclusion and increases their vulnerability will likely cause unacceptable harm.
We must speak up. We call out and reject intolerance and vilification.
We celebrate our society’s diversity, and stand with our trans patients, research participants, their families, our colleagues and the broader trans community.”
Meanwhile, the Victorian Government has announced a $900,000 package to eight organisations to help respond to the additional demand these services are seeing following “toxic public debate around the hurtful, divisive ‘Let Women Speak’ march – an anti-trans rally – last weekend”, which has had a significant impact on members of the transgender community, and on their loved ones.
This package will boost counselling and family therapy, referrals and peer support for LGBTIQ+ Victorians, their families and carers.