Primary and mental health care for trans, gender diverse and non-binary people: training modules
8 November 2021 – 30 June 2025
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network and the University of Melbourne have jointly produced several training modules and other resources to enable better care for LGBTIQ+ people. These training modules include Primary health care for trans, gender diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) people and Mental health care for TGDNB people.
The University of Melbourne’s Mobile Learning Unit has included these modules in its e-learning portal. This simplifies the registration process and improves access to this vital training for people across Australia and the world.
The modules help GPs, practice nurses, medical students, mental health and community service professionals become familiar with and sensitive to diverse terminology, experiences, health issues, standards and referral pathways with respect to TGDNB patients.
The modules each take approximately 60 minutes to complete and include a variety of activities and visual content. Participants can complete individual units within the modules at their own pace.
The Primary Health care for TGDNB people module helps participants:
- create an affirming and inclusive environment for TGDNB patients attending general practice and community care
- understand the diversity of and terminology used by TGDNB people
- become familiar with the standards of care for TGDNB patients, including eligibility, assessment and referral pathways for gender transition (affirmation) therapies
- be aware of the key issues in hormone management and surgical options for gender affirmation
- be competent in providing care for common psychosocial issues among TGDNB patients.
The Mental Health care for TGDNB people module helps participants:
- be familiar with the diversity of and terminology used by TGDNB people
- create an affirming and inclusive environment for TGDNB clients attending mental health care settings
- build rapport and take a person’s gender history sensitively
- be aware of the gender affirmation care criteria in the current standards of care for TGDNB adults, children and adolescents
- be familiar with the various roles of mental health care providers for TGDNB clients before, during and after gender affirmation
- apply known psychosocial influences on TGDNB clients’ mental health to their counselling practice with this population
- understand the needs of families in supporting their child or young person through gender affirmation.