Education Committee

PATHA’s Education Committee was established to support one of the organisation’s key purposes, to “educate professionals and to develop and promote research, knowledge exchange and high-quality evidence-based healthcare for transgender people”. The Committee also aims to support a second purpose, to “promote healthcare based on transgender community partnerships and leadership, Māori and Pasifika models, and human rights perspectives which emphasise informed consent and depathologisation of transgender people.”

Rona Carroll (she/her) is a youth health GP who holds a primary care based gender affirming hormone clinic. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago, Wellington in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, and has research and teaching interests in transgender healthcare. Rona is keen to provide education to GPs to give them more confidence in providing gender affirming healthcare and has started a national GP transgender health peer support group, as well as a peer group for health professionals in Wellington who provide gender affirming care.

Jemima Bullock (she/her) is a cisgender, clinical psychologist working both at the Endocrine Department and Children's Outpatients at Wellington Hospital. She specialises in supporting young people and adults seeking gender affirming hormone therapy (and also works in paediatric oncology). She is particularly interested in primary health care clinicians around Aotearoa being confident and competent to provide similar services, so keen to develop access to educational resources to support this work. She is motivated to ensure all clinical psychologists in Aotearoa are able offer appropriate gender affirming services by contributing to their professional training.

Joey Macdonald (they/them) is an educator and advocate working to improve health and social services for queer and trans people. They are particularly interested in informed consent models of gender affirming care, challenging pathologisation, and increasing access to high quality health services. Joey wants to be part of creating stronger infrastructure for educators working towards social justice. They work as Training Lead at Te Ngākau Kahuhura, providing resources to the youth sector to improve their responsiveness to rainbow young people.

Jove (Joe) Horton is a trans man, working within the public health system as the Transgender Health Key Worker in Tāmaki Makaurau. He joined the Education Committee because he wants to work with others to assist in  breaking down barriers to ensure more equitable health outcomes for trans and non-binary people throughout Aotearoa. His wish is for proficient, empowering and sustainable  healthcare to be widely available and accessible nationwide in both primary and mental health care settings, enabling all people (including their whānau) to flourish and thrive.

Max Whitehurst (he/they) is a trans person who works with Auckland Sexual Health Services to deliver education around a variety of sexual health related topics in community and organisational settings. Part of this work includes running the Peer Sexuality Support Programme, empowering young people to respond to the problems they see in their own communities. Having both been through and worked within gender affirming healthcare services, Max is driven to more closely align the services with the needs of those accessing them.

Michael Brenndorfer (he/they) is a youth health nurse working in West Auckland and a nurse educator for school-based healthcare services. He became more interested in transgender health care while supporting trans and non-binary friends in accessing services and medication. They have worked closely with trans and non-binary young people over the past four years, and feel passionate about improving the skills and knowledge of primary health care professionals.

Rachel Johnson (she/her) is a paediatrician, adolescent and young adult medicine specialist at the Centre for Youth Health in Auckland.  She  has been working in  gender affirming care supporting children, young people and families for over 10 years. She is passionate about using every opportunity for education and training, with the goal of improving gender affirming care delivery  throughout NZ.

Eva Gregory (they/she) is a queer, non-binary doctor working in general practice in Auckland. They have a background in sexual and reproductive health and gender-affirming healthcare. Their goal is a general up-skilling of healthcare practitioners (including themselves) to provide safe and informed-consent-based healthcare to people of diverse genders and sexualities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

And Pasley (they/them) is completing their PhD at the University of Auckland, employing an agential realist approach to look at how trans high school students matter in Aotearoa. Their recent publications have focused on developments in gender, intersex and, sexuality research and education, early childhood education gender policy, and transnormativities in gender affirming medical practice. They have lectured and tutored at the University of Auckland since 2016. Their lecture content focuses on cis- and trans-normativities, disability and sexuality, and consent, amatonormativity, and alternative sex practices. They have guest lectured on medical and interculturality courses, and delivered lessons on gender, sex, and sexuality to high school students.

Tommy Hamilton (he/they) is a tauiwi, trans masculine, endosex, able bodied and neurotypical person.  His work focuses on mental health and community development in the sex characteristic, gender identity and sexuality diverse communities across Aotearoa/New Zealand. His work crosses multiple sectors and projects within organisations and communities. He works independently as a contractor with community development initiatives that support the informal and early stages of projects or services.  His aim is to shift and sustain wellbeing whilst improving practices involved in working with people, both individually and within collective movements.  He is a trained narrative therapist/counsellor working at OutLine and secretary of the Intersex Trust Aotearoa.  He has worked as an educator in universities and technical colleges, managed national youth development organisations, continues to mentor leadership, support researchers and offer feedback with the wider public sector.


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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