Executive Committee

Dr Jaimie Veale (she/her) - President

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Waikato where I conduct research specialising in health inequities and social determinants of health for transgender people. I am the Principal Investigator of Counting Ourselves: The Aotearoa New Zealand Trans and Non-Binary Health Survey and I have received many competitive research funding grants in New Zealand and Canada. I am an Associate Editor of International Journal of Transgenderism, a member of the Global Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and I am one of the authors of the latest revision of the WPATH Standards of Care. I’m passionate about working to move us towards an Aotearoa where trans and takatāpui people have equitable access to gender-affirming healthcare and thrive in our communities free from prejudice, stigma, and discrimination.

Frances Arns (She/her) - Treasurer

I'm a cis bisexual pākehā and German woman from Auckland. I'm passionate about social justice and working towards an equitable society. In my day job I'm the Executive Director for RainbowYOUTH, and I'm also the Treasurer for OUTLine. In my spare time I really enjoy cooking (and eating) delicious food. I'm stoked to have the opportunity to contribute to PATHA's growth and development.

Jemima Bullock (she/her)

Kia ora. I work with gender diverse youth and adults (16+) wanting to make a medical transition via gender affirming hormone therapy. I am a Clinical Psychologist with the Endocrine Department, Capital and Coast District Health Board, and a member of the Sex and Gender Diversity Working Group in Wellington. While my role is as a clinician, I am motivated to promote accessibility to gender affirming services through training and resources for professionals, clear and accessible pathways for gender diverse people and their whānau, and research to drive funding for gender affirming services both at the community and DHB level.

Jesse Porter (he/him)

As a general board member of PATHA, I bring lived-in experience, community involvement and an advocacy focus to the team. I established and co-manage the National Binder Program run by Gender Minorities Aotearoa, and I was a founding member of the Proud@MSD network. I have also worked with and supported a number of Rainbow community organisations in the past, as well as other organisations relating to gender and disability advocacy. Fluent in New Zealand Sign Language, I have some further experience working and volunteering in the Deaf community. 

Effective, consistent and accessible healthcare is vital to the wellbeing of the gender diverse community, and must be based on best practices developed from both research and community engagement. Enabling autonomy and promoting dignity must be core values and outcomes. I look forward to doing what I can to move us towards that goal. 

Ahi Wi-Hongi (They/Them)

I'm from Ngapuhi and Ngati Maniapoto, born in the Waikato, raised in the Southern Alps, currently based in Wellington. I'm the National Coordinator of Gender Minorities Aotearoa; the national transgender led public health organisation, providing wrap around services and hosting the national trans health database at genderminorities.com. I'm a member of the Wellington DHB's Sex and Gender Diverse Health Outcomes Working Group, and have provided consultations, workshops, and seminars to healthcare providers, government agencies, and NGOs since 2013. I previously spent 6 years with the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective in a similar public health role, and my qualifications are in population health, with a focus on the social determinants of health. I'm passionate about ensuring equity in human rights for minority populations in Aotearoa, and ending the violence, stigma, and discrimination trans people face across all areas of life.

Dr Jeannie Oliphant (she/her) - Vice President

Kia ora! I am a Sexual Health Physician working at Auckland Sexual Health Service and at the Centre for Youth Health. Both services provide gender affirming health care across the Auckland region and are proud to support Hauora Tāhine, pathways to transgender healthcare services in Auckland.

I have been involved in trans health care for the past 10 years and in 2017/18 I was the clinical lead for the Transgender Health Project across the four Northern DHBs. With the support of an advisory group, the project manager and I worked to improve visibility and access to gender affirming healthcare services in the Northern Region. We developed information to support the delivery of gender affirming health care in primary care and produced the new Aotearoa guideline published in 2018. I’m passionate about improving the equity of access to gender affirming health care across Aotearoa.

Lee Grabarek (he/him or they/them) -Secretary

Kia ora! I'm a trans-masculine person, originally from the USA. Being on the PATHA Executive Committee, merges so many parts of advocacy work I'm committed to: making space for queer and trans people, improving trans healthcare, and seeing trans people thrive in all parts of their lives. Most of my days are spent providing support for transgender youth and their families at RainbowYOUTH.  When I'm not working, I'm outside--running, cycling, tramping, traveling. I look forward to being part of the PATHA community as we endeavor to make long-lasting systemic change for improved transgender healthcare in Aotearoa. 

Joey Macdonald (they/them) 

I work as the Training Lead for Te Ngākau Kahukura, providing resources and information to the youth sector about how to better meet the needs of rainbow young people. My background is working in mental health services and rainbow communities, with a focus on depathologising sex/gender/sexuality and advocating for informed consent models of gender affirming care. As a non-binary queer and trans person, I am heartened to see trans health work being led by trans people in New Zealand. I was one of the authors of the recent Guidelines for Gender Affirming Healthcare for Gender Diverse Children, Young People and Adults in Aotearoa New Zealand and was part of the Advisory Group for Hauora Tāhine (Northern Region Pathways to Transgender Healthcare Services). 

Dr Rachel Johnson (she/her)

Originating from the Uk I am a general paediatrician and Adolescent Health physician now working at CMDHB Centre For Youth Health. We are a multidisciplinary team who provide gender affirming healthcare to young people and families across the whole of the Auckland region.

I have been involved in trans health care for over 10 years and in that time have been a member of ANZPATH, WPATH, and attended international training and conferences on trans health care.

I have played an active role on the Auckland regional clinical trans health peer network, the Northern Region Transgender Clinical and Consumer Advisory Group (NRTCCAG) and supported the development of both local and Aotearoa trans health guidelines. I am passionate about sharing this knowledge with other health professionals and the wider community with the goal of continuing to improve gender affirming health care throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.


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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