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Many thanks to all the kaimahi who contributed towards the success of this event. The Symposium and Training Day attracted over 300 delegates including an impressive team of scholarship recipients, funded by PATHA, Pegasus Health, and community donation. Special thanks to Ester Vallero and Jennifer Shields from Pegasus, the scholarship review committee, and the amazing scholarship candidates themselves. Additional thanks to those who contributed kōrero towards how we can ensure the best possible pathways in future scholarship programmes.

Originally scheduled to be held in Ōtautahi at Tūranga, the Symposium and Training Day were moved entirely to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 alert level. It was lovely to see delegates engaging with the Whova platform, creating and utilising community notice boards, profile sharing, and round tables discussions, conveying kotahitanga and welcome.

Here are two articles covering the launch of the 2021 events:

PATHA hopes to hold another symposium in 2023.

Presentations from 2021 - Available on YouTube

Many of the 2021 presentations are available to watch through the PATHA Symposium YouTube channel.

CN: Due to the subject matter of the symposium, viewers should be aware that certain discussion and clinical language could be uncomfortable and heavy depending on your individual experience. We're working on applying individual content warnings to each video, but in the mean time please be aware of the general nature of the discussions and use your own discretion before viewing.

Please feel free to share the expertise and messages from our kaikōrero throughout your networks. You don't need to have attended the symposium to view.

Here's a link to the complete 2021 schedule on Whova.

PATHA Training Day 2021 - Available on YouTube

The PATHA Training Day 2021 is also available to view on Youtube. A practical introduction to working with trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa, the intended audience for these two videos are those working in the health and disability sector in both clinical and non-clinical settings, including allies. As with the symposium presentations above, the PATHA Education kaikōrero have made these videos open access.  

CME Credits

The Symposium and Training Day were endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and was approved for Friday 24/9 - 5.5 CME credits, Saturday 25/9 - 6 CME credits, Sunday 26/9 - 3.5 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

PATHA Symposium Organising Committee:

Kelly Whyte,  Dr Sue Bagshaw, Dr Jeannie Oliphant, Jennifer Shields, Cooper Sides, Wendy Dallas-Katoa, Maire Kipa, Joanne Neilson, Ester Vallero, Dr Samantha Chow, Jemima Bullock, Dr Rachel Johnson, Dr Rebecca Nicholls,  Frances Arns, Dr Jaimie Veale, Kerry Donovan Brown (Symposium Coordinator)


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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