In Re: Imogen (No. 6)  FamCA 761, the Family Court assessed a teenager’s Gilick competence regarding treatment for gender dysphoria in the context of a dispute between Imogen’s parents about consent.
Amendments have been made to Queensland’s guardianship and administration framework to enhance safeguards, improve efficiency and provide a focus on contemporary practice and human rights.
In this case the Victorian Supreme Court, exercising its welfare jurisdiction, authorised the administration of blood to a child despite the objection of the child and her mother.
The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) will commence on 12 March 2018. The Act will amend the laws in Victoria regarding medical treatment decision making, including advance care directives.
The Full Court of the Family Court has cleared the way for trans and gender diverse young people to access gender affirming hormone therapy without having to attend Court in uncontroversial cases where all agree that treatment should be commenced.