Equity and barriers to accessing primary care for transgender people in New Zealand: findings from the Counting Ourselves survey
Saturday 24 August
Counting Ourselves collected data from convenience sample of 1,170 participants who were recruited through community organisations, social media, and health professionals. We included questions from the New Zealand Health Survey to allow comparisons with the general population. More than a third of participants reported they had avoided seeing a doctor when they needed to because they were worried about being disrespected or mistreated as a transgender person and almost half were uncomfortable or very uncomfortable discussing being transgender with their GP. A GP was the main provider of gender-affirming healthcare for most participants. These participants identified higher levels of confidence and trust in their provider than those receiving such care from a specialist, even though they rated their GPs as less knowledgeable about gender-affirming care than specialists. This presentation will discuss the higher confidence and trust in GPs being likely to be due to the ongoing relationship participants had with GPs.
DR JAIMIE VEALE
Dr Jaimie Veale is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Waikato. She has more than 20 peer-reviewed academic journal articles and she has received more than $400,000 as Principal Investigator on competitive research funding, including an Emerging Researcher First Grant from the Health Research Council (for the Counting Ourselves study). She is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Transgenderism, on the Global Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and one of the authors of the current revision of the WPATH Standards of Care.