James Cook University’s Dr Andrew Amos is Chair of the Queensland Section of Rural Psychiatry, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and author of a new paper in the journal Australian Psychiatry.

He explained the driving principle of gender-affirming care for transgender patients is that the development of gender diversity never involves mental illness, and one of the consequences is that health care professionals cannot assess – but must only affirm – patient reported gender identity.

“Cases where psychosis is the undeniable cause of gender diversity demonstrate this assumption is categorically false. From a psychiatric perspective the proposition that mental illness plays no role in gender diversity is absurd.


“The political goal of expanding personal liberty has been substituted for evidence-based medicine processes of clinical reasoning, rendering the current gender-affirming guidelines incompatible with competent, ethical medical practice”

In this video, Dr Amos further explains the premise of his paper in the journal Australian Psychiatry.

This event, presented by the Australian Christian Lobby, offers a chance to hear firsthand how this ideology affects young people and their families. Listen to various speakers and a panel from this event in other episodes.


  • Recorded in Brisbane, Queensland, 1 July 2024.
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