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Fact Sheet G: Health

New Zealand

Gender reassignment health services for trans people within NZ

The first good practice guide for NZ health professionals, developed in 2011 by Counties Manukau DHB after consultation with trans people, that is likely to be reviewed in 2013

Special high cost treatment pool funding

Information for District Health Board specialists about applying to the Ministry of Health, on a patient’s behalf, for funding for gender reassignment surgery


The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care

WPATH’s professional consensus about criteria for providing health services to trans people who wish to medically transition


Trans Care Project, British Columbia

This page has a large number of consumer guides developed jointly by the Vancouver Coastal Health, Transcend and the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition. It also has seven sets of detailed practice protocols for clinicians, created in partnership with transgender community members, about:

The Ontario Public Health Association’s Trans Health Project

A position paper and resolution adopted by the Ontario Public Health Association

United Kingdom

Guidance for GPs, other clinicians and health professionals on the care of gender variant people

A 2008 overview of care, including hormone therapy, for trans people that is particularly applicable to GPs

Transgender experiences – information and support

This 2009 leaflet gives trans people and their families information about their rights and the choices available to them and helps healthcare staff understand their role when caring for trans people

Medical care for gender variant children and young people – answering families’ questions

A 2008 FAQ resource that answers typical questions from parents of gender variant children and young people

A guide for young trans people in the UK

A 2007 booklet written by young trans people for trans and gender questioning youth

A guide to hormone therapy for trans people

A 2007 booklet giving trans people clear information about the benefits of hormone therapy balanced with the risks and side effects

An introduction to working with transgender people – information for health and social care staff

A 2007 Department of Health leaflet detailing how staff can ensure transgender people do not experience discrimination and prejudice in service delivery

Trans people’s health

A 2007 easy-to-read UK guide supporting health care planners and frontline staff in providing appropriate health services for trans people

Trans – a practical guide for the NHS

A 2008 guide that provides practical best practice advice for public health organisations about their responsibilities relating to trans employment and healthcare delivery