Checklist for initiating gender-affirming hormone treatment

This checklist for initiating gender-affirming hormone treatment aligns with New Zealand and international best practice. Checklist General medical intake (medical history, family history, etc). Discuss the patient’s gender (sometimes referred to as “gender identity”). Discuss gender-affirming healthcare goals. Discuss expected outcomes of hormone therapy. Baseline blood work. Blood pressure, cardiovascular, and respiratory exams. Review of … Continue reading Checklist for initiating gender-affirming hormone treatment

Budget 2022: new developments in transgender health

The government recently announced their latest budget, which includes funding initiatives to improve services for transgender patients.  Transgender healthcare The government has allocated $2.18 million over four years, to improve primary healthcare services for transgender patients. Primary healthcare refers to a broad range of health services provided in communities, such as your regular doctor (General … Continue reading Budget 2022: new developments in transgender health

Free webinar for primary health providers – informed consent

One of our main focuses in 2022 is advocating for informed consent in gender affirming healthcare. Informed consent is a legal right in all areas of New Zealand healthcare. However, there is a long history of access to transgender healthcare being dependent on diagnoses and psychological assessments.  Gender Minorities Aotearoa will be delivering a free … Continue reading Free webinar for primary health providers – informed consent

Wellington, Wairarapa, and Hutt Valley DHB online hui and survey

Wellington, Wairarapa, and Hutt Valley DHBs’ Sex and Gender Diverse Health Outcomes Working Group (SGDWG) is holding a community update hui, and separate but connected a survey about accessing gender affirming healthcare in these regions. Annual community update hui The SGDWG is run by the Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs. It is … Continue reading Wellington, Wairarapa, and Hutt Valley DHB online hui and survey

WPATH SoC 8 open for comment

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has released it’s Standards of Care version 8, which is now open for comment until December 16th 2021. It’s expected to be completed in 2022 and released mid next year. At a glance, it appears to be a major improvement on the previous version. You can click through … Continue reading WPATH SoC 8 open for comment

Depo-testosterone unavailable

Depo-testosterone (testosterone cipionate) unavailable until September 2022 Due to Covid-19 disruptions, Pfizer, the company that makes the Depo-Testosterone injection, will be unable to supply Depo-Testosterone to New Zealand from late October 2021 until September 2022. This means that Depo-Testosterone will be unavailable in New Zealand during this time.  Alternatives There are alternatives to the Depo-Testosterone … Continue reading Depo-testosterone unavailable