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Hauora Tāhine - Pathways to Transgender Healthcare Services

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Nau mai, haere mai.

Welcome to all transgender and gender diverse people wanting to find out about gender affirming health care services across the Northern Region.

Welcome to families supporting their transgender whānau.

Welcome to health professionals seeking information.

Hauora Tāhine - Pathways to Transgender Healthcare Services is the collective name for a number of secondary services that provide gender affirming healthcare for transgender and gender diverse people.

Across the Auckland Region, the two main service providers are Centre for Youth Health for young people and adolescents, and Auckland Regional Sexual Health Service for adults. These two services have multiple clinics across Auckland. They provide support around exploration of gender identity and social transition, family/whānau support, puberty blockers, hormone therapy and referral for other gender affirming health care.

The teams recognise that you are the expert around your own gender identity, whether you're a binary trans person, non-binary, transsexual, agender, tāhine, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, fa'afafine, fakaleiti, akava’ine, genderqueer or however else you might like to describe yourself. When you come to Hauora Tāhine clinicians will work with you to establish your transition related health goals and provide support around an individualised health plan that may include accessing other specialist services such as: fertility, voice therapy, endocrinology, gynaecology, urology, mental health, general and plastic surgical services* as needed.

Your Hauora Tāhine clinician will send letters to your GP outlining your management plan and support your primary care health team to provide ongoing maintenance therapy once established. Your GP may refer you back to Hauora Tāhine for further support if your hormone therapy needs to be reviewed or you need to access further gender affirming healthcare.

*Note: At this time surgical services have a limited capacity for chest reconstruction and breast augmentation, with lower gender reassignment being managed by the Ministry of Health’s High Cost Treatment Pool. See the Health care for transgender New Zealanders page.

Referral Expectations

Who can refer to Hauora Tāhine?

  • Your Primary Care Team (e.g. GP, practice nurse) or Mental Health service (including Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)).
  • Your school based health team (e.g. School Counsellor or Nurse) can refer directly to the Centre for Youth Health.
  • Centre for Youth Health and Auckland Regional Sexual Health Service accept self-referrals or referrals from family members. Call Centre for Youth Health on 09 261 2272 or Sexual Health on 0800 739 432.

At all times, you are welcome to bring a support person to appointments. However, the doctor may ask to speak to you on your own at some stage throughout the appointment.

Note: Centre for Youth Heath can accept referrals up to the ages of 20 (or 24 for people based in Counties Manukau). Sexual Health service will accept referrals for those aged 18 or older.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Gender Affirming Medical Care

    The teams at Hauora Tāhine will work to support your wellbeing.… More

  • Getting Started

    As with any treatment, you will need to provide health information and may need to undergo an examination before starting a new medical treatment.… More

  • Blockers

    Blockers are typically used throughout adolescence to prevent the onset of puberty, or halt its progress (recognising that pubertal changes continue through into early adulthood).… More

  • Hormone Therapy

    Individuals may choose to access hormone therapy (often called hormone replacement therapy) as a part of a transition process.… More

  • Counselling

    The Hauora Tāhine ask about your mental health as part of your holistic psychosocial consultations.… More

Charges

Northern Region Transgender Health Services are free for New Zealand citizens and residents. There is usually a small charge for filling prescriptions at your pharmacy.

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Other places to go

In addition to medical transition, or if you’re not sure that medical transition is right for you, there are a number of other organisations that provide support or places to talk about and explore gender:

There are also a number of informal, university based, or online groups. Some are listed on the I’m Local website (www.imlocal.co.nz/region/auckland), and the organisations above can also refer you to them.

Gender Minorities Aotearoa is a source of information and places to access support across New Zealand: https://genderminorities.com

The Ministry of Health has information for Transgender New Zealanders. Please visit https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/transgender-new-zealanders

More about the Transgender Health project

Get the latest updates from Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs on what is happening with the Transgender Health Project: http://adhb.health.nz/our-services/a-z-services/transgender-health-services-for-the-northern-region/

Glossary

Clinician - A professional who has gone through training, for example a doctor, nurse or counsellor.

GP - General Practitioner. Often referred to as a doctor.

Primary Care Team - Usually a GP, GP practice, school nurse or place you would regularly go when its not an emergency.

Our Locations

Sexual Health have four locations across Auckland (orange), and Centre for Youth Health have five locations (purple)

Contact Details

Greenlane Clinical Centre

Central Auckland

General enquiries 

(09) 367 0000

Extension/pager number known

(09) 307 4949

Patient enquiries

(09) 375 4300

Outpatient appointments and surgical bookings 

(09) 638 0400 / scheduling@adhb.govt.nz 

GP/ External Specialist Help Desk 

(09) 307 2800

Mental Health Services 24 Hour Crisis helpline

0800 800 717

214 Green Lane West
One Tree Hill
Auckland 1051

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Street Address

214 Green Lane West
One Tree Hill
Auckland 1051

Postal Address

Private Bag 92 189
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 1:17PM on October 8, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Hauora Tāhine - Pathways to Transgender Healthcare Services.