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in AUSTRALIA, 17/09/2013

A new, weekly Gender Clinic based at Healthy Communities (HC) in Teneriffe is now taking appointments for trans people who were left out in the cold after the closure of services at Biala's Roma Street clinic earlier this year. 

The new clinic, whose services will be bulk-billed, is a joint venture between HC, the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland (ATSAQ) and Dr Gale Bearman and has been made possible by the donation of start-up funds from The Shelley Foundation, established by PFLAG’s national spokesperson Shelley Argent.

Argent became concerned when she heard that gender clients were no longer being accepted at Biala due to government cutbacks.  “These specialist health services are vital to the LGBT community, particularly trans people, and I am so pleased that the community has stepped up to the plate to ensure they continue,” Argent said.
Dr Gale Bearman was told by Queensland Health in January she could not see gender clients at Biala any more because they were no longer “core business”.

She told Queensland Pride a Gender Clinic in one form or another had been in existence since 1995 and the move to HC was a re-establishment of that service.

The Gender Clinic will be taking appointments and queries on Wednesdays only at this stage. Call (07) 3017 1777.

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