Australia’s top Family Court judges decided young people will no longer have to seek court approval for a vital stage of transition treatment. The change means teenagers can start hormone treatment to change their sex with approval from just the medical profession and their parents, the Daily Telegraph reports. “The distress caused by gender dysphoria can lead to anxiety, depression, self-harm and attempted suicide,” the court said in its judgment yesterday. “The treatment can no longer be considered a medical procedure for which consent lies outside the bounds of parental authority and requires the imprimatur of the court.” Transgender activist Georgie Stone hailed the decision. Source: Supplied.Source:Supplied The change allows for stage two treatment that “may, but does not necessarily, cause long-term infertility” and stops short of surgical intervention, the court noted, according to AAP. It comes after a landmark case centred on a 17-year-old called “Kelvin”. Born a girl, Kelvin was confirmed as having gender dysphoria by age nine. His parents applied to the court in early 2017 asking that he be deemed competent to authorise his own stage two treatment which would involve having testosterone to initiate secondary sexual characteristics and appearance of the male sex. “For Kelvin, if stage two treatment was not carried out his overall health and wellbeing is almost certain to deteriorate especially as his mental and physical health is heavily dependent on the perception of himself as male,” Thursday’s decision noted. “ABSOLUTE RELIEF” The landmark decision has been welcomed by those fighting for transgender rights. Georgie Stone — a transgender advocate recently crowned the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year — knows first-hand the stress of going through the court process. She told AAP she cried “happy tears” when the news broke. “It was just like an explosion of all these emotions. Just absolute relief,” the Melbourne 17-year-old told AAP. The judgment said gender dysphoria can lead to anxiety, depression, self-harm and attempted suicide. Source: iStock.Source:Supplied Born a boy, she became the youngest person in the country granted permission