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

My work experience is in strategy, organisational leadership, finance and service design. I have a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Management, and worked at ASB Bank in Finance and Strategy. I was the Executive Director of RainbowYOUTH from 2017 to early 2021 and saw first hand the experiences of young people needing and struggling to access gender affirming care. I am now a consultant with Deloitte, doing service and experience design for clients across the private and public sectors. I'm a cis bi woman who calls Tāmaki Makaurau home. I'm pākehā (from Central Otago area) and German (from Cologne if anyone knows Germany!). I'm also the Treasurer for OutLine, and I'm passionate about supporting community organisations that are led by those they seek to serve. I'm driven to support PATHA to further develop as an effective professional organisation with strong roots in trans and non-binary communities.

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 t
hat goal. 


Cassie Withey-Rila (they/them)

I have recently submitted my thesis for a Master’s of Public Health in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. My research explored the positive experiences of transgender and gender diverse adults with their GPs in Aotearoa New Zealand. After I discovered my passion for public health teaching queer-inclusive sex education in Texas, I immigrated to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2016. I am of European ancestry, and work to build community within transgender, queer, and disability justice spaces, striving to do so with an anti-racist and anti-colonist lens.

I am currently working as an Assistant Research Fellow on a project exploring medical crowdfunding, with my focus on crowdfunding for medical transition, and have a background volunteer work within trans and queer communities. In addition to working to improve transgender health outcomes, I have a particular interest in exploring gender euphoria, strengths-based community work, and undermining the negative narratives around our communities.


Dr Rona Carroll (she/her) - Vice President

I am a youth health GP who works within a primary care based gender affirming healthcare team. I am a senior lecturer at the University of Otago, Wellington and have research and teaching interests in transgender healthcare. I provide education to GPs to give them more confidence in providing gender affirming healthcare and have 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. I am also a member of PATHA’s Education Committee and a founding member of Pride in Health.


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 NZ.


Further details to be added:

Dion Reid - Secretary

Angelo Libeau



About PATHA

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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