Transgender People

We’re here to help trans people take control of their health.

We recognise and celebrate the diversity of the trans experience, so when we use the term ‘trans’ or ‘transgender’ we include all people who identify their gender as different to what was originally assigned at birth, whether this is a male, female, non-binary or another identity.

We offer and refer to a range of trans inclusive services delivered by caring people who genuinely understand the health issues affecting trans people.

General Support & Services

Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW

In 2019 ACON launched the Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW.

The Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW (the Blueprint) outlines the key approaches required to improve the health outcomes of trans and gender diverse (TGD) people in NSW and to strengthen the inclusion of TGD people within ACON’s programs and services.

The Blueprint was developed with the support of ACON’s TGD Community Health Advisory Group, which comprised members of the TGD community, clinicians and community organisations.

The development of the Blueprint was informed by a comprehensive review of national and international literature, and an extensive consultation process. This consultation process included a community survey of over 450 people, six community meetings across NSW (Sydney, Newcastle, Lismore, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga and Liverpool) and key stakeholder interviews with TGD community leaders, GPs, endocrinologists, sexual health physicians, NSW Health officials, and human rights lawyers.

Anyone can access and use this Blueprint to support their local, state-wide and even national advocacy efforts that seek to progress and improve the rights, health and lives of TGD communities. ACON is proud to support this work and to continue raising the visibility of TGD community priorities and needs

Download: The Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW 

Download: TEXT ONLY VERSION of the Blueprint

Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive Language Guide

ACON has released an inclusive language guide to support trans and gender diverse people within our communities.

The downloadable, simple and easy-to-share guide explains key terms and offers examples of preferred language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for TGD communities in Australia.

You can download the resource here:

Check OUT: LGBTIQ+ Sexual Health Clinic

Check OUT is a community-led sexual health and cervical screening clinic for LGBTIQ+ people

The clinic is staffed by LGBTIQ+ peer workers and expert sexual health nurses.

We offer HIV / STI screening and/or cervical screening and are open to all LGBTIQ+ people.

Check OUT is a safe and inclusive clinic for our communities. Check OUT provides trauma-informed care and is sex-positive and sex work friendly. All our services are free with a Medicare card.

The clinic is run by ACON and Family Planning NSW.

For info about accessibility, test results and services, please see our FAQ page.

Book online: www.checkout.org.au

Opening hours: Tuesdays, 12pm-8pm

Location: ACON, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

Call: 02 9206 2000

Gender Diversity – A QLife Guide for Health Professionals

Many people assume that gender is binary; that all people are women or men. However, gender can more accurately be thought of as a colour palette, with many possible shades of identity and subtle expressions of gender far beyond only woman or man.

QLife Guides are for health professionals working with LGBTI people that describe and discuss a range of common, often complex topics, to help people feel able to work with all kinds of people on LGBTI matters. An information guide on navigating gender identity health professionals can be found here.

Other QLife Guides can be found here.

Trans and Gender Diverse Legal Service

The Inner City Legal Centre’s Trans & Gender Diverse Legal Service is a dedicated service to provide trans or gender diverse clients free legal advice and support for a range of legal issues.

The services provided include advice on:

  • Fines
  • Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Special Medical Procedure applications to the Family Court of Australia
  • Assistance in regard to drafting wills, power of attorney, enduring guardianship
  • Divorce, separation and parenting
  • Name and gender change advice/services
  • Criminal and AVO advice and representation for especially vulnerable trans or gender diverse clients on a low income.

We encourage you to contact the Inner City Legal Centre via their website or on (02) 9332 1966 if you are trans or gender diverse, and seeking legal help.

Navigating My Health Record For Trans And Gender Diverse Communites

For trans and gender diverse people in particular, who often access medical care in relation to their gender, and often experience other intersecting forms of stigma, it is important to know exactly what we may be opting in or out of.

 

Like so many other aspects of our lives, healthcare is increasingly being accessed and supported online. My Health Record, a system designed to keep track of your medical data, test results and prescriptions in one place, was announced in August 2017 to be rolling out nationally this year. By the end of 2018, every Australian will have a My Health Record generated for them – unless they choose to opt out.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt noted that the benefits included “reduced duplication of tests, better coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, and better informed treatment decisions”. For trans and gender diverse people in particular, who often access medical care in relation to their gender, and often experience other intersecting forms of stigma, it is important to know exactly what we may be opting in or out of.

My Health Record (MHR) acts as a hub, allowing healthcare providers to access information, and in doing so, provide a better and more aware standard of care to patients. Through the sharing of documents and data, this ensures that anyone from a regular GP to an emergency room has the most up-to-date medical history available. At the creation of your MHR, two years of past Medicare and PBS data will be added, unless you opt out of providing this in the sign-up process. Any information may be uploaded by a healthcare provider, but you may also request them to not upload a particular document and they are obliged to do as asked.

There are a number of options available to limit or remove access to your MHR, opt out of the service completely or cancel your participation. From 16 July to 15 October you can opt out at the My Health Record website, in which case a record will not be created for you at all. You are also, at any point, able to cancel your MHR. This means that while no new information will be added to your record, the information already included will remain. It is also possible to delete individual records and documents from your MHR, and they will no longer be accessible. You can also create a My Health Record after initially opting out during the July to October opt out period.

Additionally, a Record Access Code can be set up, which places a 4-8 digit passcode on any access of your account, and Limited Access Codes onto individual documents and information. This provides a layer of security between your information and health professionals, and allows you to choose on a case-by-case basis who has access to what information in your record.

There have also been concerns raised about the security of health data stored digitally, and it bears saying that no data is 100% secure. It is important to weigh up the value of having this information easily accessible – especially in cases of multiple medication or health interactions, or a lack of a regular health professional – with this risk.

The decision of whether to opt out of My Health Record is an individual one, and we recommend that you read through the My Health Record website and figure out what decisions are right for you. For individuals with particular health concerns or in communities with legislative barriers affecting health care, it is worth further exploring what this decision might mean for you. Positive Life NSW have developed a campaign, If in Doubt, Opt Out that provides further information specifically for people with HIV but may be helpful for other stigmatised communities, including trans and gender diverse people regardless of sero-status.

As trans and gender diverse people, especially those of us who engage in some form of medical transition or trans-related healthcare, having a record of the many medications, specialists and test results we interact with can be incredibly useful. Through the application of both a general Record Access Code and Limited Access Codes for specific sensitive documents or information, it seems possible to have a My Health Record while still retaining a reasonable level of privacy and peace of mind, the choice is yours and we support all LGBTIQ people and people with HIV to make informed decisions about their own healthcare.

– Trans and gender diverse community advocate, writer and sexual health nerd, Liz Duck-Chong worked with us to prepare trans and gender diverse communities for My Health Record.

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Grunt , a campaign from PASH.tm, is about hot, fun, informed sex between trans guys and cis guys. It’s a celebration of who trans guys are and the guys they’re into. A space to get accurate, inclusive and sex-positive sexual health information so you can keep it safe, keep it hot and have awesome sex. (18+ material)

Cervical Cancer Screening

Everybody with a cervix is at risk of cervical cancer.

We’re here to provide information and promote the importance of regular cervical screening for LGBTIQ people.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet studies show that LGBTIQ people are less likely than the general population to attend cervical screening. Having regular Cervical Screening Tests is the best way people in our communities can protect themselves against cervical cancer.

On 1 December 2017, the Pap test changed to a more accurate Cervical Screening Test. Other changes include the age of screening increasing from 18 years to 25 years, and the time between tests changing from two to five years.

Visit The Inner Circle to find out about the changes to the Pap test, what’s involved in a Cervical Screening Test, information on sex, HPV and cervical cancer and tips and advice on how get through your test.

Watch community members talk about their experiences of cervical screening for The Inner Circle campaign.

If you live in Sydney, you can book in at Check OUT: LGBTIQ+ Sexual Health Clinic for a sexual health check and/or a cervical screening test. Check OUT is a community-led clinic, run by ACON and Family Planning NSW. All our frontline staff are trained members of the LGBTIQ+ community. Read more about Check OUT and book a test today.

Sexually Adventurous Women Project

NEED SAFE SEX SUPPLIES?

If you’re a member of the LGBTIQ community and you need safe sex supplies, we can post them to you anywhere in NSW (free!).

Our play packs include:

  • 10 gloves
  • 10 condoms
  • 9 ml Astroglide Natural toy friendly lube
  • 250ml Viraclean bottle (for cleaning toys and surfaces), and
  • A sex toy maintenance brochure (one per order).

Please let us know if you need latex free condoms and gloves.

If you need supplies for a party or venue please let us know.

Email your order with your name and postal address (NSW only) directly to: kink@acon.org.au

 

WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN CREATING A NEW SEXUAL HEALTH PROJECT?

We are designing a brand new sexual health project to better meet the needs of our community. This project will be replacing our sexual health project for women who play with women.

We welcome all members of the community to get involved in the consultation process. We particularly want to hear from all lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer women, non-binary people, intersex people and trans men / trans masculine people who sleep with women. We also welcome people from the kink community and anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ+.

Sign up below to hear updates and receive invitations for community consultations and focus groups. Coming soon!

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Translating Transphobia 2016-2017 Report

Evidence consistently shows that transgender Australians are poorly understood or tolerated by mainstream society and face unconscionable rates of social exclusion, rejection, poor health, bullying, discrimination, abuse, and violence. Many Australians have never met an openly transgender person, and their only experience of gender diversity comes from the portrayals of transgender people in the media. Media coverage of transgender issues plays a pivotal role in shaping public perceptions of the transgender community.

The Translating Transphobia 2016-2017 report is from Rainbow Rights Watch, a not-for-profit social justice organisation dedicated to ending inequality, discrimination and violence against transgender Australians.

You can read the report here.

Effective and Meaningful Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse People in HIV Prevention Discussion Paper

To find out more our work in Policy and Research, please visit the ‘Policy & Research’ section of our website or contact our Sydney office: advocacy@acon.org.au

The Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse Employees

The AWEI annually seeks to study and highlight the lived experience of LGBTI people within Australian workplaces, in particular those workplaces that are active (to various degrees) in LGBTI inclusion. One particular survey by our Pride in Diversity program looked into the inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse employees.

For the purposes of collecting a sufficient number of survey responses from those who identify as trans, those who have a trans history but don’t identify as trans and those who identify by a diverse range of gender identities other than cis-gendered male/female, the following paper utilised an umbrella term of Trans and Gender Diverse.

Read more about our survey into to the inclusion of the Trans and Gender Diverse employees here.

HIV Prevention

We’re here to help end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, including trans men who have sex with men. To find out more please visit our HIV Prevention section.

HIV Support

We’re here to help people with HIV – including trans people – take control of their health by providing up-to-date information as well as a range of programs and services. To find out more please visit our HIV Support section.

Sexual Health

Our sexual health programs for gay and bisexual men are inclusive of trans men who have sex with men.  To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.

Our sexual health programs for lesbian, bisexual and queer women are inclusive of trans women who have sex with women.  To find out more please visit our Sexual Health section.

Transgender people who identify as heterosexual are encouraged to contact The Gender Centre or their local sexual health centre  for information about sexual health.

Mental Health

We provide a range of counselling  and community care services for trans people, including those with HIV or who use drugs. To find out more please visit our Mental Health section.

Alcohol & Drugs

We provide a range of resources and support services to help trans people who use alcohol and other drugs. To find out more please visit our Alcohol & Drugs section.

Safety & Inclusion

We provide a range of resources and support services to help trans people who are experiencing homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination. To find out more please visit our Safety & Inclusion section.

Domestic & Family Violence

We provide a range of resources and support services to help trans people who are experiencing domestic and family violence. To find out more please visit our Domestic & Family Violence section.

Ageing

We provide a range of resources and support services for older trans people (50+). To find out more please visit our Ageing section.