Projects Mental HealthPrimary CareSocial Services

Trans and Gender Diverse Service System Development

Projects Mental HealthPrimary CareSocial Services

Trans and Gender Diverse Service System Development

Projects Mental HealthPrimary CareSocial Services

Trans and Gender Diverse Service System Development

AHA was appointed to develop a new state-wide service model for the delivery of client-centred gender identity and transition-related health and human services to trans and gender diverse people in Victoria.

Trans and gender diverse people consistently report negative experiences with healthcare providers, ranging from a general lack of knowledge and understanding to outright stigma and pathologisation. Such interactions can cause serious emotional and physical harm and have long-term implications for the relationship between trans and gender diverse people and healthcare providers.

AHA undertook extensive consultations with the trans and gender diverse community, service providers, peak bodies and other stakeholders to develop a new service model for the health and human services needed to support trans and gender diverse individuals in relation to gender identity and transition. This included social and medical support, as well as related issues such as housing, employment or legal assistance.

The new service system was designed to ensure that service quality and safety are maintained. Our report provided analysis, findings and specific recommendations regarding six key aspects:

  • The system architecture for a new client-centred trans and gender diverse services system
  • The system and service delivery capabilities required for the provision of high-quality services
  • Training and skill development required for implementation and operation of the new service model
  • System and organisational constraints that need to be addressed
  • The capacity, oversight, governance and funding arrangements relating to the new service system, including a high degree of consumer participation
  • The options and possible timeframes for the transition to the proposed new service system.

Following our final report, the Victorian Government has announced funding of $3.4 million to expand the Victorian health system’s capacity to support trans and gender diverse people. This includes funding for professional development and peer support services, all of which reflect our key recommendations.

The new service model will ensure trans and gender diverse Victorians have access to quality health services that are knowledgeable, respectful, and safe.