Background to the national trans health project

Ministry of Health working group proposal

Early in 2009 the Ministry of Health confirmed that they would be pulling together a small working group of health professionals and trans people. Its role will be to develop recommendations and guidance on ways to improve access to and consistency of gender reassignment health services for trans people. Subsequently the Minister of Health has asked the Ministry to fund Counties Manukau DHB to manage this project, as outlined above.

Health sector round table (which proposed the working group)

On 27 February 2008 the Human Rights Commission held a health sector round table on trans people’s access to gender reassignment services. Trans people, health professionals and Ministry of Health officials helped the Commission identify:

  • the work required to develop treatment pathways and standards of care/best practice guidelines
  • the options for how this work could be done and the next steps for progressing this Inquiry recommendation.

Read the minutes from that health sector round table discussion and a background paper circulated to participants before the meeting (including the agenda and list of participants). The meeting itself did not make any decisions, but participants were asked to identify the next steps required to progress this Inquiry recommendation.

Their proposal was that the Ministry of Health support a working group to develop guidance for the provision of appropriate health services for trans people.

On 14 April 2008 the Commission sent the minutes and proposal to all those who have been involved in the Transgender Inquiry, asking for comments by Friday 16 May. There was general support for this proposal. On 19 August 2008 the Commission had a very positive initial meeting with Ministry of Health officials who agreed to consider and respond to the proposal to establish a working group.


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