Voice Therapy Funding

Any trans person can get funding for voice therapy through WINZ if they meet these requirements. They don’t have to be on welfare to get the disability allowance or child disability allowance.

They need a medical certificate or letter from their doctor which says that they need voice therapy as ”essential medical treatment” – it doesn’t need to say they are trans. They may need a second doctor to sign off.

Then they need to get quotes from vocal coaches, voice therapists, or speech therapists if they provide the right kind of vocal training (generally changing the pitch of the voice). It will help to have a number of sessions specified in the letter, and a reassessment date.

They will have to take all of these things to a WINZ appointment, and be ready to patiently argue that they are in fact entitled to funding, as most WINZ staff don’t know this and will try to turn them away, very likely asking invasive questions and generally invalidating the legitimacy of the need. However, trans people are entitled to disability allowance funding toward voice therapy, and their gender is not up for discussion.

If you would like support with transition issues, information on accessing funding through WINZ, etc, you’re welcome to contact us or come by during drop in hours at The Gender Centre (see footer for current hours). We have peer support workers who can discuss these kinds of issues with you.

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