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by Kathie Baker CEO Release My Super 1300 090 261 | 0475 471 872

Release of super for gender dysphoria

The eligibility criterion for the release of superannuation on mental health grounds is determined by the ATO under the compassionate release of super program. And accessing super for gender reassignment surgery requires specific knowledge of the program.

WPATH, which stands for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, does not function as a diagnostic tool for gender dysphoria. Instead, WPATH has published guidelines known as the Standards of Care (SOC) that provide recommendations for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with gender dysphoria1.

These guidelines serve as a reference for healthcare professionals and help ensure that individuals receive appropriate care based on the best available scientific evidence and expert consensus.

The SOC emphasize the importance of a comprehensive assessment process that includes diagnostic interviews, mental health evaluations, and medical history reviews. This process helps healthcare professionals understand the individual’s gender identity, experiences related to gender dysphoria, and any co-occurring mental health conditions2.

While the SOC does not prescribe specific diagnostic tools, it highlights the need for clinical judgment in evaluating gender dysphoria.

Healthcare professionals may use a combination of diagnostic interviews, psychological assessments, and careful analysis of the individual’s history to make an accurate diagnosis1.

It is important to mention that the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria are outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. The DSM-5 provides a set of criteria that healthcare professionals can use to diagnose gender dysphoria1.

In summary, WPATH’s Standards of Care are not a diagnostic tool themselves but offer guidance for the assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria. Healthcare professionals use a variety of diagnostic tools and approaches, including but not limited to the guidance provided by WPATH, to evaluate and support individuals experiencing gender dysphoria.

Release My Super

Release My Super specialises in the release of superannuation under the compassionate release of superannuation program for gender reassignment, mental health treatment, drug and alcohol rehab, and IVF.

We understand that your situation may be urgent and we aim to assist by working on your behalf with your superannuation fund, medical specialists and the Australian Taxation Office.

The financial burden of major life health events can be overwhelming, whether it is caused by addiction, mental health, or infertility and the money you require may be available to you through the early release of superannuation.

Kathie Baker CEO Release My Super

Best wishes, Kathie Baker CEO 1300 090 261 | 0475 471 872


  1. Source: The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). “Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People.” Retrieved from ↩2 ↩3
  2. Source: American Psychiatric Association. “Assessment and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria and Gender Variant Individuals.” Retrieved from

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