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Gender affirming care

M Clinic is excited to introduce a new service for our trans, gender diverse and non-binary communities, with our Gender Affirming Care Clinic now open! This is a privately operated initiative supported and funded by WAAC to contribute to the medical affirmation needs of the community.

If you are transitioning, thinking about transitioning, or just have questions about sexuality and gender, we are able to help start your journey in the right direction, or if you are looking for a sexual health clinic, then you are always welcome with us!

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Booking an appointment

Our Gender Affirming Care Clinic requires a referral from your GP to see our Sexual Health Physician; Dr. Joseph Cotter (he/him). We use the Informed Consent model for gender-affirming care. With this in mind, you will be required to read through and sign consent forms prior to starting hormone replacement therapy (HRT). As we are trying to grow our service, one other doctor from our clinic may sit in on your consult.

After your initial consult we will collect some samples (blood and urine) and we will also measure your height, weight and blood pressure.

For clients with Medicare

If you have Medicare your name assigned at birth (dead name) will be used on your pathology request forms. This is to link your pathology samples with your Medicare details so you can receive a Medicare rebate. If you change your Medicare card details please let us know so we can update them. 

Please ensure your correct bank details are linked with your Medicare card so you will receive your Medicare rebate,

For clients without Medicare

If you do not have Medicare you will be billed the pathology costs for Gender Affirming Care related items. If you have standard or above insurance you can claim up to 85% back from your pathology costs. M Clinic will provide the necessary receipts and invoices for claiming.

How to be referred

Referrals must be addressed to Dr. Joseph Cotter and note that the client is seeking gender-affirming care and/or to be affirmed in their gender of choice. Please also include any history that is relevant to gender-affirming care.

Referrals are to be emailed through to: genderclinic@waac.com.au

We will contact you after we have received and reviewed your referral to help book you in for your first appointment. Please note that this clinic only runs for four hours a week and our replies may be delayed.

Please note that:

  • All initial consults are face to face.
  • We only see clients who are over 18 years of age.
  • We cannot provide Mental Health Care plans.
  • We cannot provide any surgical affirmation procedures (however we can provide supporting documents).
  • We require a current GP referral (can be an indefinite referral) in order to book you in.
  • The clinic operates on Fridays from 10am to 2pm and on Wednesdays 10 am to 12pm.

What are the costs

There is an upfront cost for your appointment, followed by the Medicare rebate.  All consults have an out of pocket (gap) fee of $75. 

Type of appointmentUpfront consult costConsult cost (after Medicare)Pathology cost (non-Medicare)
Initial consult$324.40$75$225 to $227
Initial follow-up$192.40$75$121 to $147
3-month follow-up$199.90$75$121 to $147

Our gender affirming care clinic is a private billing clinic. We are not able to bulk bill. Due to our waitlist, we charge a non-attendance fee of $75. Please let us know a day in advance if you cannot make your appointment so we can give this slot to another client. If you miss your appointment this will delay your commencement of HRT.

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You are welcome at M Clinic

M Clinic provides confidential, judgement-free services for men who have sex with men, gay, trans, gender-queer, and non-binary people of the LGBTQIA+ community.

If you are unsure if we are the right clinic for you, get in touch and we will be able to help you find the right fit for your needs.

Trans and Non-binary

We offer services for trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse persons seeking to get medical advice in a safe and accepting environment.

Men Who Have Sex With Men

If you’re a man and have sex with other men, M Clinic provides a safe space where you can get tested without judgement or questions.

Gay and Questioning

If you identify as gay, bi, or questioning and want a clinic that reflects you, you are always welcome to come to M Clinic for your next checkup.