Harm Minimisation & Informed Consent
Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC) respects the right of all people to affirm their gender identity in any way they choose. Our position is that everyone has the right to choose what they do with their own body.
We aim to work from a harm minimisation perspective – that is, we see our role as supplying accurate information so that individuals are aware of the risks associated with particular choices so that they can make informed decisions (informed consent).
According to the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981, if anyone other than a GP/psychiatrist or pharmacist supplies any pharmaceutical, including hormones, both supplier and receiver are committing a criminal offence.
ZBGC is legally obliged to:
- not promote obtaining or using hormones without a prescription
ZBGC Official Position on Self-Prescribed Hormone Use
Aside from our legal obligations, ZBGC does not endorse taking pharmaceuticals without a prescription and we believe that overall, it is in a person’s best interest to see a qualified health professional for both physical and psychological reasons.
We encourage everyone considering hormone treatment to seek a prescription and to do so under medical supervision with appropriate psychological support in place (please see our fact sheet Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counsellors: What’s the Difference? for further information about psychological support). In addition, psychiatric/psychological care is not the only available route to obtaining hormones and we strongly encourage everyone to fully explore all the legal and safe options.
Since ZBGC aims to work from a harm minimisation perspective, we would not deny any services or support to someone who chooses to use hormones without a prescription. For more information about self-prescribed hormone use, please see our fact sheet Self-Prescribed Hormone Use