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Response to Victorian Health Department framework document on treatment of intersex kids

in AUSTRALIA, 21/04/2013

On 27 February the Victorian Health Department published an important new medical decision-making framework for the treatment of intersex infants, children and adolescents.

It has taken us some time to draft a full response, due in large part to work preparing submissions for the Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation, but also good news at federal level, on anti-discrimination legislation and gender recognition. Finally, here it is:

Summary

The document is described as:

a resource for Victorian hospitals responsible for the healthcare of infants, children and adolescents with intersex conditions… The resource synthesises the advice of the Victorian Government, medical, human rights, ethical and legal experts, and community advocates, and outlines best-practice principles to be applied to decision making. It is intended to assist decision makers to safeguard the best interests of patients

The contribution of community advocates, including OII Australia, is evident throughout the document. While we have concerns with several matters in the framework document, detailed below, we broadly welcome its publication as a significant step forward in the care of intersex children in the state. Immediately on publication, the framework document represents best practice in Australia.

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Download our full response document as a PDF

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