Some Selected Trans Health Resources

Most of the resources listed were available to participants at the health sector round table discussion. The British Columbia protocols were circulated by one of the health professionals shortly afterwards.


The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care This organisation’s professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender identity disorders.


Transgender EuroStudy: Legal Survey and Focus on the Transgender Experience of Health Care (April 2008) Quantitative and qualitative data identifying trans people’s access to health services across 27 counties in Europe.

United Kingdom

A wide range of resources can be found on the UK Press for Change website under the following headings. Some recent publications include:

Transgender wellbeing and healthcare (NHS, January 2008) Guidance for GPs, other clinicians and health professionals on the care of gender variant people An introduction to working with transgender people (Dept of Health pamphlet, 2007) Information for health and social care staff.

Good Practice:

Standards of Care:

Overseas guidelines:

Evidence-based medicine and research:

Department of Health publications:


The Irish Equality Authority’s 2004 report Access to Health Services for Transsexual People 2004) This report combines findings from a small scale qualitative study of the views of transsexual people with an examination of current healthcare policy and practice in Ireland.


The Ontario Public Health Association’s Trans Health Project A position paper and resolution adopted by the Ontario Public Health Association

Trans Care Project, British Columbia (BC) Local and international clinicians, expert in transgender care, worked with transgender community members to co-create 7 sets of detailed practice protocols for clinicians in BC. This Vancouver Coastal Health website also includes a large number of consumer guides. The 7 areas covered are:

  • Transgender Primary Medical Care
  • Counselling and Mental Health Care of Transgender Adults and Loved Ones
  • Social and Medical Advocacy with Transgender Adults and Loved Ones
  • Caring for Transgender Adolescents
  • Endocrine Therapy
  • Transgender Speech Feminization / Masculinization and
  • Care of the Patient Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery.

United States

Links to some US guidelines for those working with trans youth can be found on the Press For Change website here.

Q&A with Norman Spack This is a 30 March 2008 interview from the Boston Globe with Dr Norman Spack, paediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital Boston.

New Zealand

Special High Cost Treatment Pool On 23 April 2008, the Ministry of Health posted the following information about gender reassignment surgery on its website, as a link from the Special High Cost Treatment Pool page.

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