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Gender-affirming healthcare availability

Gloria Fraser made this Official Information request to Hawke's Bay District Health Board

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From: Gloria Fraser

Kia ora,

I am writing to request information about the gender-affirming healthcare services provided by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, as a follow up to a similar request I made in May 2018.

Could you please advise whether the following gender-affirming healthcare services are funded by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board for transgender patients, and whether the services are currently available:

- Puberty blockers
- Hormone therapy
- Mastectomy
- Hysterectomy
- Orchidectomy
- Facial hair removal
- Breast augmentation
- Voice training
- Facial feminization surgery

Could you please also advise:

- Are transgender healthcare providers under the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board encouraged to follow Oliphant et al’s (2018) Guidelines for gender affirming healthcare for gender diverse and transgender children, young people and adults in Aotearoa New Zealand? If not, which guidelines do they follow, if any?

- Is a readiness assessment required to access gender-affirming healthcare services? (This is an assessment of readiness for treatment from a medical and psychosocial perspective, as well as whether the client understands the risks and benefits of treatment, and is sometimes referred to as a ‘mental health assessment’).

- If a readiness assessment is required to access gender-affirming healthcare services, who carries out this assessment? Is this assessment funded by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board? Does the assessment use an informed consent model?

- What steps is the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board taking to improve healthcare provision for transgender New Zealanders?

If you require any clarification about this request, please let me know.

Ngā mihi,
Gloria

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Dear Gloria
 
I refer to your Official Information Act requests dated 12 and 16 April
where you requested information from Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
(HBDHB) regarding gender-affirming healthcare services provided to
transgender patients
 
The content of your first and second requests have been combined due to
their similar content and will be responded to in one consolidated
response letter (HBDHB OIA reference for this consolidated response is
OIA2019054).
 
Under the Official Information Act 1982, we have 20 working days from
receipt of your request to respond.  Therefore we anticipate a response
back to you by 15 May 2019.
 
If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of
an extension of that timeframe. If any additional factors come to light
which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us
so that these can be taken into account.
 
 
Âku mihi nui ki a koe.
Nâku, nâ
Chris
Chris Lord
Content and Publications Advisor, Communications Team
Please note my usual hours of work are: Monday, Tuesday 8:00am – 12 noon;
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Private Bag 9014, Hastings 4156
T: 06 878 8109 ext 4658
W: [1]www.hawkesbay.health.nz    [2]www.ourhealthhb.nz
 
 
 
 

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Dear Gloria
 
I refer to your Official Information Act requests dated 12 and 16 April
where you requested information from Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
(HBDHB) regarding gender-affirming healthcare services provided to
transgender patients
 
The content of your first and second requests have been combined due to
their similar content and will be responded to in one consolidated
response letter (HBDHB OIA reference for this consolidated response is
OIA2019054).
 
Under the Official Information Act 1982, we have 20 working days from
receipt of your request to respond.  Therefore we anticipate a response
back to you by 15 May 2019.
 
If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of
an extension of that timeframe. If any additional factors come to light
which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us
so that these can be taken into account.
 
 
Âku mihi nui ki a koe.
Nâku, nâ
Chris
Chris Lord
Content and Publications Advisor, Communications Team
Please note my usual hours of work are: Monday, Tuesday 8:00am – 12 noon;
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Private Bag 9014, Hastings 4156
T: 06 878 8109 ext 4658
W: [1]www.hawkesbay.health.nz    [2]www.ourhealthhb.nz
 
 
 
 

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Dear Gloria
 
Attached please find a response to your Official Information Act Request
re gender-affirming healthcare services.
 
 
Âku mihi nui ki a koe.
Nâku, nâ
Chris
Chris Lord
Content and Publications Advisor, Communications Team
Please note my usual hours of work are: Monday, Tuesday 8:00am – 12 noon;
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Private Bag 9014, Hastings 4156
T: 06 878 8109 ext 4658
W: [1]www.hawkesbay.health.nz    [2]www.ourhealthhb.nz
 
 
 
 

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