Stephen Stathis last joined us in 2018 when he shared the evolution of Children's Health Queensland's gender clinic, which at that time had only been in operation for about 12 months. At Showcase 2020, Stephen was joined by colleague Olivia Donaghy to bring us up to speed on how the clinic has changed and to provide updates on other advancements in youth mental health.
Olivia explains that given there was no multidisciplinary gender service before the establishment of the clinic in 2017, the first few years of the service saw an exponential growth in referrals. “The main challenge has been managing that growth, but at the same time it has been wonderful to provide the service to more than 600 families.”
Stephen said before the service there was extremely long waiting lists and no dedicated place or service for these families to go. “It’s a place for them, a place to be heard, and a place for them to attain the necessary assessment and treatment they need,” he said.
With families attending the clinic coming from right across Queensland, Stephen highlighted that the value of the Clinical Excellence Showcase was its statewide focus. “Showcases like this are very important to showcase what we do, not just to the broader community but to clinicians right across the state because it allows them to understand what we do here. It’s a statewide service and a large proportion [of families] come from regional and rural Queensland.”
For more information on Children’s Health Queensland’s Gender Clinic and Statewide Service, visit their website.