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Media release -  August 26th 2019

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is supporting the proposed amendments to Victoria’s Birth Certificate Regulation Amendment Bill 2019 entering the Upper House next week.

This Bill would allow individuals to change the gender listed on their birth certificate to reflect the one they identify with, without needing to have sex reassignment surgery as is currently mandated.

“It is great to see the law finally catching up with the needs of the population and is a fantastic recognition of the growing gender diverse community,” AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said.

AMSA Queer Officer, Ms Jessie Lu, said it is a huge step forward for Victoria, following in the footsteps of ACT, SA, NT and WA, where laws already recognise that gender identity can be separate to reproductive organs.

“Gender affirmation surgery may be desired by some, but we believe - as with any surgery - that it should be the individual’s choice. Gender affirmation surgery is very expensive, not currently subsidised by Medicare, and not without associated risks,” Ms Lu said.

AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students, with 25 per cent of its volunteers identifying as queer in 2019.

Media contact

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss