For Clients

EXISTING CLIENTS

If you have already seen Dr Bearman at this Clinic you can make an appointment simply by phoning or by email see CONTACT.

NEW CLIENTS already in transition such as those who

have seen Dr Bearman at other clinics, have a problem with current hormone therapy, are transferring from interstate, are planning surgery or have issues after recent surgery, will be seen as soon as possible. The more information you can bring with you the better.

NEW CLIENTS COMMENCING TRANSITION

The Brisbane Gender Clinic sees up to 50 new clients a year. From time to time we have to close our books to allow the wait to catch up. Fortunately there are other pathways in Brisbane for assessment of new clients - see New Clients, Pathways. If you are attending this clinic as a new client commencing transition we suggest that you see a psychologist or psychiatrist first to obtain a letter supporting your eligibility and readiness for hormone therapy. If you have this letter we can focus on your physical gender affirmation. A GP letter is also required to provide: contact details for your GP, your medical history list, medication list, and copies of recent blood tests. The following tests are suggested as a minimum: fasting E&LFTs, FBE, and serum testosterone, LH, SHBG, and FAI or calculated free testosterone. Please also provide a 1-2 page story of your gender journey.

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR TRANSITION EASIER

There may be a wait for an initial appointment. During this time these is much you can do to prepare for a major life change: get fit, have a general health check, a sexual health check and Pap smear if appropriate, stop smoking, lose weight, have facial hair treatment, plan disclosures, plan work direction, talk to a counsellor. Think about preserving your fertility and contact Rainbow Fertility. Write a brief (1-2 pages) life story for the doctors. Cultivate a sympathetic GP. Even if they don’t know anything about gender identity, it saves duplicating some medical tests, and your treament will be safer if fully disclosed to all providers. See a psychologist about any stressful transition issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, lack of confidence, past childhood trauma, current relationships and disclosures, substance problems, vocational direction, housing and financial concerns. Plan your disclosures. Consider your future lifestyle and employment strategies. All these impact on the success of transition, and can be helped by any community psychologist (under a mental health plan) while you are waiting.