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Gender affirming healthcare services

Official information request details

  1. Are transgender healthcare providers under the Canterbury District Health Board encouraged to follow Oliphant et al’s (2018) Guidelines for gender affirming healthcare for gender diverse and transgender children, young people and adults in Aotearoa New Zealand? If not, which guidelines do they follow, if any?
  2. Is a readiness assessment required to access gender-affirming healthcare services? (This is an assessment of readiness for treatment from a medical and psychosocial perspective, as well as whether the client understands the risks and benefits of treatment, and is sometimes referred to as a ‘mental health assessment’).
  3. If a readiness assessment is required to access gender-affirming healthcare services, who carries out this assessment? Is this assessment funded by the Canterbury District Health Board? Does the assessment use an informed consent model?
  4. What steps is the Canterbury District Health Board taking to improve healthcare provision for transgender New Zealanders?


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