EPISODE 12: Can a child decide to have gender-reassignment surgery?

Issues affecting transgender people are much more prominent in the public consciousness than they’ve ever been.

This episode of JUST CASES explores one important legal issue: can children access hormone therapy or surgery in Australia?

We speak to the judge who decided this important case and learn what it’s like to make such life-changing decisions.

WARNING: This episode contains some difficult subject matter. There’s mentions of suicide, gender-identity issues, family violence and graphic content. If that’s difficult for you please find another episode of Just Cases to listen to. If anything in this episode brings up some difficult feelings for you please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue, or similar support services in your community.

Lifeline 13 11 14 / www.lifeline.org.au

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Show notes


The Honourable Nahum Mushin AM, former Judge of the Family Court of Australia

Nahum Mushin AM is a Professor of Law at Monash University. Prior to his appointment to the Monash Law Faculty, he was a Judge of the Family Court of Australia for 21 years and a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 6 years. As a consultant to the ALRC and the VLRC, he contributed to law reform in areas of matrimonial property, evidence and family violence. Professor Mushin AM was the first Monash Law graduate to be appointed as a Judge.


Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison

Extra material

Topics covered in this episode

Transgender, gender dysphoria, competent, capacity, consent, family law, family court, judges.

Music in this episode

'Hot Pink' by Chad Crouch

'Backwater' by Chad Crouch

'Cross Stitch' by Chad Crouch

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