Policy Statement on the Victorian Department of Health Approach to Intersex Young People

Policy Statement on the Victorian Department of Health Approach to Intersex Young People:

The National LGBTI Health Alliance (the Alliance) wishes to commend the Department for having introduced the Decision-Making Principles for the Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents with Intersex Conditions. We appreciate the Department’s efforts to address the substantive ethical and health concerns attendant to medical practice with intersex young people. We note some beneficial discussion of these concerns in the Principles document. We are also pleased that the Department included intersex-led organisations in the consultation process.

As the Principles document constitutes the first uniform guideline at an Australian State level specifically focused on intersex young people, we are aware that this document is likely to inform national policy on medical decision-making about intersex people. For this reason, we wish to discuss some significant concerns with the Department.

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