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Trans Health Symposium 2019

The Aotearoa New Zealand Trans Health Symposium was held at the University of Waikato in May 2019. The event was a huge success, selling out with 200 delegates. The symposium is website here:

We hope to hold another symposium in 2021.

Presentations from 2019


A copy of the presentations shown on the day.

A recording of the pre symposium event on Friday 3rd May is available here:

University of Waikato Research

Dr Jaimie Veale and Jack Byrne
Counting Ourselves:

Ngā Manukura: Māori and Pasifika Community-Led Health

Ahi Wi-Hongi
Te Pae Mahutonga: Community Led Co-Design in Population Health Planning:

Providing Gender-Affirming Care

Dr Jeannie Oliphant and Joey Macdonald
Guidelines for Gender Affirming Healthcare for Gender Diverse and Transgender Children, Young People and Adults in Aotearoa New Zealand:

Gender-Affirming Care Pathways in Aotearoa
Presentations and panel discussion facilitated by Dr Rachel Johnson and Dr Jeannie Oliphant, including speakers from the following DHBs: Auckland/Waitemata/Counties Manukau, Waikato, Lakes, Hawke’s Bay, Mid Central, Capital and Coast/Hutt Valley/Wairarapa, Nelson Marlborough, and Canterbury:

Invited Speaker: Dr Rita Yang
Gender-Affirming Surgeries in Aotearoa New Zealand:


Cassie Withey-Rila, Trans Wretchedness Theory:

Hannah Rossiter, The Not-Named Clan:

Emma Reynolds, Exploration of Issues for Trans Individuals Seeking Gender Affirming Care:

Trans Pregnancy

Invited International Speaker: Dr Ruth Pearce
Making Trans Pregnancy Possible:

Scout Barbour-Evans
Birthing and Parenting: A Trans-affirmative Experience Whilst Engaging with a Public Health System in Aotearoa:

Children and Youth

Dr Rachel Johnson
Supporting Gender Diverse and Transgender Children, Young People and Families

Chantelle Callagher 
Accessing Healthcare for Trans and Gender Diverse Children: Parents’ Perspectives:

Mental Health

Gloria Fraser
Accessing Gender-Affirming Healthcare in Aotearoa: Results from a Community-Based Mixed Methods Study:

Mani B Mitchell, Anny da Silva Frietas and Tommy Hamilton
“The Bits In-between”: Counselling and the SOGISC Communities in Aotearoa – Collaborative and Reflective Practices:

Healthcare Access

Alex Ker
Exploring Experiences of the Gender-Affirmative Healthcare Pilot Clinic:

Jen Desrosiers
Enhancing Healthcare Provider Knowledge, Comfort and Perceptions about Sexual and Gender Diversity:

Tycho Vandenburg
“It’s Like They’ve Just Gone and Forgotten About Us”: The Health and Wellbeing of Trans and Gender Diverse Homeless People in Aotearoa New Zealand:
Research Invitation:


The Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa (PATHA) is an interdisciplinary professional organisation working to promote the health, wellbeing, and rights of transgender people. We are a group of professionals who have experience working for transgender health in clinical, academic, community, legal and other settings.


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