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The ADHB Speak Out on the Future of Trans* Health Services

in NEW ZEALAND, 21/10/2013

Two senior officers in the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) have recognised the growing need for specific and targeted services for the trans* and gender diverse communites within the Auckland Sexual Health Services, saying they will lead a regional discussion about these issues.

n informal meeting was held today, 7 October 2013, between Roxanne Peoples-Henare and Racheal McGonigal of the Group Transsexuals of New Zealand, and Margret Wilsher and Sue Waters, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Professional Health Officer of the ADHB, to discuss the future of trans* and gender diverse health services.

“Both Roxanne and I felt it was a very open and honest meeting with clear desire to find what is best for the Transsexual and Transgender community,” says McGonigal.

The meeting comes only days after Dr Nicky Perkins, Clinical Director of Auckland Sexual Health, informed the community with deep regret that the trans* clinic within the Auckland Sexual Health Services (ASHS) has been temporarily suspended until further notice. ASHS will not be able to manage any more new trans* referrals; those who are currently being managed by ASHS will still continue to receive their treatment(s).

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