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Title: Health Needs of Trans and Gender Diverse Adults in Australia: A Qualitative Analysis of a National Community Survey.
Austin Authors: Zwickl, Sav;Wong, Alex;Bretherton, Ingrid ;Rainier, Max;Chetcuti, Daria;Zajac, Jeffrey D ;Cheung, Ada S 
Affiliation: Department of Endocrinology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Trans Medical Research Group, Department of Medicine, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2019 2019
Publication information: International journal of environmental research and public health 2019; 16(24): E5088
Abstract: There is an increasing demand for trans and gender diverse (TGD) health services worldwide. Given the unique and diverse healthcare needs of the TGD community, best practice TGD health services should be community-led. We aimed to understand the healthcare needs of a broad group of TGD Australians, how health professionals could better support TGD people, and gain an understanding of TGD-related research priorities. An anonymous online survey received 928 eligible responses from TGD Australian adults. This paper focuses on three questions out of that survey that allowed for free-text responses. The data were qualitatively coded, and overarching themes were identified for each question. Better training for healthcare professionals and more accessible transgender healthcare were the most commonly reported healthcare needs of participants. Findings highlight a pressing need for better training for healthcare professionals in transgender healthcare. In order to meet the demand for TGD health services, more gender services are needed, and in time, mainstreaming health services in primary care will likely improve accessibility. Evaluation of training strategies and further research into optimal models of TGD care are needed; however, until further data is available, views of the TGD community should guide research priorities and the TGD health service delivery.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16245088
ORCID: 0000-0003-2959-5928
PubMed URL: 31847083
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: gender identity
health services
health services for transgender persons
health services needs and demand
transgender persons
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