Jaco Erasmus takes the reins of the Monash Gender Clinic

monash-press-release-2016For some it will be news that Fintan Harte stepped down as head of the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic at the end of 2015. His replacement, Jaco Erasmus has this to say about the challenge of his new role:

I do realise that I am taking over the reins during very challenging times. With increased demand for our services, and inadequate human and financial resources, our current waiting list is unacceptably long.

He also makes a point of bringing up the way the Media is currently discussing Transgender issues (perhaps in relation to the recent Safe Schools criticism from the Liberal Party’s right-wing):

The Gender Clinic strongly rejects the arguments put forward, which aim to pathologise or invalidate Trans identities… There is abundant evidence showing that medical interventions … help improve quality of life and mental health.

Read the full press release here.

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