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PATHA makes submissions on policies relating to transgender health and gender-affirming healthcare.  Copies of our previous submissions are shared here.

Birth certificates and identity documents: BDMRR

On the 2021 Inquiry into Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) 59 on the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, PATHA made a joint submission with the Counting Ourselves research team at the Transgender Health Research Lab, at the University of Waikato. The submission supported the proposed law change, and recommended improvements to address gaps in access to legal gender recognition for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants; improve access for children and young people; affirm the existing rights of trans, non-binary and intersex people; and ensure their participation in the development of implementing regulations and the five-year review.

In July 2022, PATHA also made a submission to the Department of Internal Affairs' consultation on Recognising gender on birth certificates and exploring a gender registration process for people born overseas.

Conversion Practices

On the 2021 Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, PATHA made a submission in support of banning conversion practices, and made recommendations to strengthen the definitions used in the Bill, include protections for intersex people, introduce broader penalties, resource education for communities and support for survivors, and require a review of the law's implementation.  


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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