The Trans GP Module
This module - the first in Australia - is designed for general practitioners, practice nurses and medical students to become familiar with and sensitive to the diverse terminology, experiences, health issues, standards, and referral pathways with respect to trans, gender diverse, and non-binary (TGDNB) clients. The overarching purpose is to promote more inclusive and responsive services for TGDNB people in primary health care settings.
The full module takes about 60 minutes to complete, covers a range of areas, and incorporates a variety of activities and visual content. You can also choose to do particular sections of the module by using the index on the dashboard of the online classroom.
- To create an affirming and inclusive environment for TGDNB patients attending general practice and community care;
- To understand diversity and the terminology used by TGDNB people;
- To become familiar with the current standards of care for TGDNB patients including eligibility, assessment and referral pathways for gender transition (affirmation) therapies;
- To be aware of the key issues in hormone management and surgical options for gender affirmation;
- To be competent in providing care for common psychosocial issues among TGDNB patients.
Mental health care for trans, gender diverse and non-binary people
This module is designed for a range of mental health professionals to become familiar with and sensitive to the diverse terminology, experiences, issues, standards, and referral pathways with respect to trans, gender diverse, and non-binary (TGDNB) clients. The overarching purpose is to promote more inclusive and responsive service provision for TGDNB people in mental health care settings.
The full module takes approximately two hours to complete, covers a range of areas, and incorporates a variety of activities and visual content.
The expected learning outcomes are to:
- Be familiar with diversity and terminology used among TGDNB people.
- Know how to create an affirming and inclusive environment for TGDNB clients.
- Be aware of the criteria for gender affirmation care in the current standards of care for TGDNB adults, children, and adolescents.
- Understand how to take a gender history sensitively and build rapport.
- Be familiar with the various roles of mental health care providers for TGDNB clients before, during and after gender affirmation.
- Apply the known psychosocial influences on TGDNB clients’ mental health to your counselling practice with this population.
- Understand the needs of families in supporting their child or young person through gender affirmation.
The module is free to access. Click the button below to complete the two-step registration process. Once you are enrolled you will receive login details and will be able to access the module for 12 months.
This module is funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network. The authors are Dr Cal Andrews (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Ruth McNair (GP and academic, University of Melbourne) and Ben Callegari (Clinical Psychologist, Northside Clinic).
Other LGBTI+ programs
- Aged care LGBTI+ inclusive practice training delivered by Transgender Victoria to workers in aged care facilities;
- QHealth – this is a joint initiative between Drummond Street Services and Merri Health that provides counselling for LGBTI+ people who would like to talk about concerns or impacts of their alcohol or other drug use;
- We have also funded a suite of LGBTI+ healthpathways including a new trans and gender diverse pathway. On the index on the lefthand side of the page, go to "Specific Populations" > "LGBTI Health" to see all the topics;
- Targeted psychological services (provided via CAREinMIND) by VAC, Drummond Street Services and Mind Equality Centre;
- North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network is also a national trial site for LGBTI+ suicide prevention.