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Prevalence of conversion therapy practiced by health professionals

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From: Harry Robson

Dear Ministry of Health,

Could you please answer the following questions?

(1) Does the Ministry of Health have any data / info on the practice and prevalence of conversion therapy in NZ? If so, could you please share it?

Of particular interest:

(A) How many licensed or registered health professionals in NZ (including those that lost their license or registration for doing so) practiced conversion therapy, or were alleged to have practiced conversion therapy, at all in the 2017 - 2018 period?

(B) How many said professionals have done so at all since 2000?

(C) Could you categorise these by profession (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrist, counsellor etc.)?

(D) Does the Ministry of Health have a list of, or any kind of information regarding, providers of conversion therapy (e.g. 'therapists' or institutions such as churches) in NZ? If so, could you please share it?

(2) Has the Ministry of Health ever produced a report (including those unpublished) on conversion therapy? If so, could you please share it?

(3) What is the Ministry of Health's view of conversion therapy?

(4) Has the Ministry of Health ever conducted research regarding conversion therapy?
If so, what were the findings of said research?

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Conversion therapy as defined: any form of intervention(s) which attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, sexual behaviours or gender identity.

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Have a lovely week,

Yours faithfully,

Harry Robson

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Please find attached response to your information request

Sincerely

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Date:        14/09/2019 04:02 p.m.
Subject:        Official Information request - Prevalence of conversion
therapy practiced by health professionals

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Dear Ministry of Health,

Could you please answer the following questions?

(1) Does the Ministry of Health have any data / info on the practice and
prevalence of conversion therapy in NZ? If so, could you please share it?

Of particular interest:

(A) How many licensed or registered health professionals in NZ (including
those that lost their license or registration for doing so) practiced
conversion therapy, or were alleged to have practiced conversion therapy,
at all in the 2017 - 2018 period?

(B) How many said professionals have done so at all since 2000?

(C) Could you categorise these by profession (e.g. psychologists,
psychiatrist, counsellor etc.)?

(D) Does the Ministry of Health have a list of, or any kind of information
regarding, providers of conversion therapy (e.g. 'therapists' or
institutions such as churches) in NZ? If so, could you please share it?

(2) Has the Ministry of Health ever produced a report (including those
unpublished) on conversion therapy? If so, could you please share it?

(3) What is the Ministry of Health's view of conversion therapy?

(4) Has the Ministry of Health ever conducted research regarding
conversion therapy?
If so, what were the findings of said research?

--

Conversion therapy as defined: any form of intervention(s) which attempts
to change an individual’s sexual orientation, sexual behaviours or gender
identity.

--

Have a lovely week,

Yours faithfully,

Harry Robson

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