Thank you for visiting Transcend Australia. Caring and educated healthcare professionals are vital to ensure that trans young people achieve better health outcomes. Timely access to gender affirming healthcare is one of the biggest protective factors against the risk of suicidal ideation in trans young people.
Not all trans young people choose to or need to medically affirm their gender, but all trans young people require access to healthcare for a whole range of reasons. From a chesty cough to a sprained ankle, trans young people like all other young people will need to access health care services. We want them to feel safe to do so.
We know from the research available, that trans people can be reluctant to go to a doctor or return to a doctor due to previous negative experiences. It’s important that health care professionals are educated and supported to know how to better care for trans young people, whether it be for their sprained ankle or to provide access to gender affirming healthcare.
There are a range of organisations working to educate and support health care professionals across Australia. Transcend Australia works closely with healthcare services, hospitals, healthcare associations and researchers to ensure that families and young people can navigate complex healthcare pathways.