Associate Professor Michelle Telfer
Associate Professor Michelle Telfer is a Paediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Physician and is currently Director of the Department of Adolescent Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne. She is also the Director of the RCH Gender Service and has been instrumental in the development and expansion of the clinical and research programs amidst rising demand for trans-specific health care in children and adolescents.
As an advocate for improved access to medical treatment, Michelle was central to the achievement of federal legal reform and her efforts have led to transgender young people now being able to access hormone and surgical treatment without the need for approval by the Family Court of Australia. She is also first author of the inaugural Australian clinical guidelines for trans and gender diverse children and adolescents which was endorsed through an editorial in The Lancet and was personally profiled for her efforts in the field in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health in 2019.
Michelle gave expert testimony to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System in 2020 and has provided advice on trans issues to the Victorian Government via the Trans and Gender Diverse Expert Advisory Group since 2016. Michelle held an Executive position on the Board of Directors of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH) from 2014-2020 and was President for the final two years of this tenure. Michelle was awarded the 2017 GLOBE Community Award for LGBTI Ally of the Year, the President’s Award by Thorne Harbour Health in 2021 and she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Adolescent Health by the Australian Association for Adolescent Health in 2019. Led by Michelle, the RCHGS was awarded the Minister for Mental Health’s Award for excellence in consumer leadership and advocacy at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards in 2015 and 2018.
Prior to studying medicine at the University of Western Australia Michelle was a gymnast with the Western Australian Institute of Sport. As a 16-year-old she won silver and bronze medals at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland and was a member of the 1992 Olympic Gymnastics Team in Barcelona.
Michelle’s presentation will be on Providing healthcare for trans young people: how can we best meet their needs?
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