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LGBTIQ+ Health

Woonona Medical Practice is a safe and inclusive practice offering all aspects of LGBTIQ+ healthcare, including gender affirming hormone therapy for trans and gender diverse patients. We are passionate about health equality, and are proudly part of the Welcome Here Project.

Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy

​Dr Megan Thomas provides gender affirming care for people of all ages and identities. This includes supporting social and legal affirmation, prescribing hormone therapy (including oestrogen implants), and referring to surgical colleagues if desired.

The informed consent model is utilised for patients aged 16 years and over. The informed consent model enables GPs to provide hormone therapy and manage all aspects of healthcare using a patient centred approach. You do not need letters from a psychologist or psychiatrist to access hormone therapy. In rare situations, people with more complex health needs may require input from other non-GP specialists.

Initiating hormone therapy requires thorough assessment and management planning to ensure we provide safe holistic healthcare, unique to your individual goals and needs. This is not intended to delay access to care but to ensure it is delivered as safely as possible. Most people will be able to start hormones on the second visit if desired. Note that chest/breast or genital examinations are not required to commence gender affirming care. 

Patients under 16 years old will always require input from additional specialists if hormone therapy is desired. A GP can coordinate care, organise initial assessment and investigations, and provide referral to a paediatric gender service for access to puberty blockers or hormone therapy.

Recent legal rulings in Australia mean that access to hormone therapy for people aged 16-18 years old must be supported by both legal guardians. Megan is able to provide assistance with this if needed, e.g. speaking with guardians and/or providing resources. 

For more information on trans and gender diverse health, check out TransHub.

Please note that Woonona Medical Practice is a private billing practice, allowing us to spend time providing quality healthcare. Fees include the Medicare rebate which means out of pocket expenses are limited to $40 (or $20 concession) regardless of the length of appointment time. Regular patients of WMP will be eligible for a GP Management Plan (Enhanced Primary Care Plan) and reviews of this plan up to every 3 months which are all bulk billed. For initial consults please book an extended (45 minute) consult. 


When booking please provide your chosen name and pronouns so we can address you appropriately. If different, please also provide your legal name if you would like to access a Medicare rebate for medical consults and discounted medication via the government Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. You will always be addressed using the correct name and pronouns supplied.



 

General Practitioners with Special Interest in LGBTIQ+ Health: