Gender Services

The Gender Service is located at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and includes:

  • Diagnosis and assessment of adults with Gender Dysphoria or gender non-conforming behaviour or identity.
  • Time limited support from the Department of Social Work and Psychology for patients with social adjustments related to Gender Dysphoria.

NB. The Gender Service does not provide surgical or endocrine services for this client group

The Gender Service provides Speech Pathology services to trans and gender diverse clients who wish to alter their voice and communication to better align with their gender identity. The clinic provides voice feminisation and masculisation services to adults who have been seen by the RBWH Gender Service and diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Our aim is to find a voice that improves confidence with communication and aligns with gender identity.

A series of 45-minute voice training sessions are provided on a fortnightly basis. There are a range of options for conducting this treatment including face to face and telehealth sessions as appropriate. This will be discussed with the patient at the time of booking.

If your patient is interested in seeing a Speech Pathologist to feminise or masculinise their voice please let the doctor in the RBWH Gender Service know so that a referral to our service can be arranged.

Referral requirements

A referral may be rejected without the following information.

  • Previous assessments by Psychiatrists or Clinical Psychologists
  • Brief history of gender-related experiences including any of living in their preferred gender
  • History of any current or prior mental health concerns
  • Past medical history
  • Indication of patient expectations and plans for gender-affirming treatment
  • Applicable tests:
    • FBE; E/LFTs; fasting lipids, TSH, FSH, LH, prolactin, oestrogen, testosterone, progesterone, chromosomal analysis (karyotype), Factor V Leiden mutation [natal males only],
    • Sexual health check depending on sexual risk: anti-HIV/HIV Ag, anti-HAV IgG, anti-HBc, anti-HBs, HBsAg, anti-HCV IgG, syphilis serology, PCR for chlamydia and gonorrhoea on specimens from urine/genitals, pharynx and rectal sites, and cervical screening as applicable
  • Impact on employment
  • Impact on education
  • Impact on home
  • Impact on activities of daily living
  • Impact on ability to care for others
  • Impact on personal frailty or safety
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can’t order, or the patient can’t afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary
  • Presenting symptoms (evolution and duration)
  • Physical findings
  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Details of any associated medical conditions which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes), noting these must be stable and controlled prior to referral
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Drug allergies
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use
  • Full name (including aliases)
  • Date of birth
  • Residential and postal address
  • Telephone contact number/s – home, mobile and alternative
  • Medicare number (where eligible)
  • Name of the parent or caregiver (if appropriate)
  • Preferred language and interpreter requirements
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – telephone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature
  • Willingness to have surgery (where surgery is a likely intervention)
  • Choice to be treated as a public or private patient
  • Compensable status (e.g. DVA, Work Cover, Motor Vehicle Insurance, etc.)

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Hotline: 1300 364 938

Fax: 1300 364 952

Electronic: eReferral system

Mail: Metro North Central Patient Intake
Aspley Community Centre
776  Zillmere Road

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