Mental health in the trans and gender diverse community from the perspective of a transperson

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Presenter: Brenda Appleton
Presentation Title: Mental health in the trans and gender diverse community from the perspective of a transperson
Room: Murray
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 11:00
Duration: 30 mins

Summary

Trans and gender diverse (TGD) people across Australia are unable to obtain the health care and support they require in a timely manner and consequently there are considerable mental health issues within the TGD community. Experienced and competent health providers outside our main cities are difficult to find and access and even in the large cities, it can be a matter of luck to find appropriate help.

I will refer to three recent publications in highlighting the difficulties faced by TGD people and the resultant impacts on mental health. Theses publications are From blues to rainbows: The mental health needs of young people with diverse gender, The First Australian National Trans Mental Health Study: Summary of Results and A Closer Look at Private Lives 2, addressing the mental health and well-being of LGBTI Australians.

The First Australian National Trans Mental Health Study concluded “These findings suggest trans people experience worse mental health than possibly any other community in Australia, and demonstrate an urgent need to address the factors underlying this disparity, such as poor healthcare and discrimination.” There is a strong case to be made for Governments at both State and Federal levels to provide substantially increased funding to improve health and well being for TGD people. I will demonstrate an urgent need for increased training of suitably qualified healthcare professionals at all levels of service provision to enable TGD to be able to access the same quality of healthcare and receive the same level of support as the general community. This is a human right for a very disadvantaged and marginalised community.

I will refer to three recent publications in highlighting the difficulties faced by TGD people and the resultant impacts on mental health. Theses publications are From blues to rainbows: The mental health needs of young people with diverse gender, Transgender and gender diverse health and wellbeing background paper and The First Australian National Trans Mental Health Study: Summary of Results.

The First Australian National Trans Mental Health Study concluded “These findings suggest trans people experience worse mental health than possibly any other community in Australia, and demonstrate an urgent need to address the factors underlying this disparity, such as poor healthcare and discrimination.”

There is a strong case to be made for Governments at both State and Federal levels to provide substantially increased funding to improve health and well being for TGD people. I will demonstrate an urgent need for increased training of suitably qualified healthcare professionals at all levels of service provision to enable TGD to be able to access the same quality of healthcare and receive the same level of support as the general community. This is a human right for a very disadvantaged and marginalised community.

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