'A clinic at a leading Sydney hospital has become embroiled in a war over how
to help kids in distress about their gender, grinding services for new patients
to a halt as waiting lists blow out.
Only three new patients have been seen at Westmead children's hospital's gender
clinic this year due to a lack of staff and a string of resignations. Last
year, they saw 88 new patients.
Despite the clinic receiving an annual budget of $1.5 million, they have very
small staff numbers.
Some staff have left following the publication of controversial research
endorsed by the hospital hierarchy. The research was initiated in 2013 and
current frontline staff from the gender unit were not involved.
The research is being weaponised by anti-trans activists and proponents of
alternative forms of gender care.
This clash of science, research, and ideology is part of a polarising and
sometimes toxic debate over the gender "affirmation" model that's playing out
around the world.'
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics