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Gender-affirming healthcare availability

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From: Gloria Fraser

Kia ora,

I am writing to request information about the gender-affirming healthcare services provided by the Wairarapa 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 Wairarapa 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 Wairarapa 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 Wairarapa District Health Board? Does the assessment use an informed consent model?

- What steps is the Wairarapa 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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Wairarapa District Health Board

Dear Gloria

Official information request.

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your official information request
dated 12 April 2019 regarding gender –affirming healthcare availability.

We received your request on 12 April 2019. We will endeavour to respond to
your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 15 April
2019, being 20 working days after the day your request was received. If we
are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an
extension of that timeframe.

If the information requested cannot be made available without substantial
collation, under section 18(f) and section 18A(1)(a) of the Official
Information Act 1982 we may refuse the request or fix a charge under
section 15. If your request falls into this category we will inform you as
soon as possible.

If any additional factors come to light that are relevant to your request,
please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into
account.

Please note that, like all DHBs across New Zealand, Wairarapa DHB has
adopted a model of proactive disclosure which sees OIA responses publicly
available on our website no less than one week after they have been
released.

 

If you believe there are any special reasons why proactive disclosure
should not apply to your response, we will be happy to consider this.

Yours sincerely

Caroline van Deventer

Communications Administrator

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From: OIA Request [WrDHB]
Wairarapa District Health Board


Attachment W19 332 signed response.pdf
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Hi

 

Please find attached the signed response to your recent OIA request.

 

Many Thanks

Caroline

 

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