DHB gender-affirming healthcare services

Gloria Fraser made this Official Information request to Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

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From: Gloria Fraser

Tēnā koutou,

I am writing to request information about the gender-affirming healthcare services provided by the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board. The DHB Gender Reassignment Services Stocktake in October 2015 indicated that the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board previously did not provide gender affirming healthcare services (see the Briefing on GRS attached to this previous request https://fyi.org.nz/request/7586-grs-wait...).

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

- Hormone therapy
- Mastectomy
- Hysterectomy
- Orchidectomy
- Facial hair removal
- Breast augmentation
- Voice training

Could you please provide information about the process of accessing those services that are available?

- Specifically, is an assessment by a mental health professional required in order to access gender-affirming healthcare services? If so, which services?
- In the case of hormone therapy, can primary health providers prescribe hormones, or does this have to be initially approved by an endocrinologist?
- Is any period of real life experience required to access surgery?

Finally, could you please advise what the process is if transgender patients require one of the above services, but the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board does not offer this service? Does the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board currently fund patients to travel to other areas to access this healthcare?

If any part of my request is unclear, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If any of the information that I have requested is unavailable or would be difficult to retrieve, but similar information might be readily available, I would be happy to discuss altering or refining my request.

Ngā mihi,
Gloria Fraser

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From: Maree Nevill


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Dear Gloria

Re: Official Information Act request – Gender affirming healthcare
services

 

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board acknowledges receipt of your
request for Information under the Official Information Act 1982, received
on 23 May 2018.

 

Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate person/service for
response within 20 working days of receipt, and if we are unable to
respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of
that timeframe.

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as reasonably
practicable.

 

Best Regards

Maree

 

Maree Nevill | OIA Coordinator | Clinical Governance Support Team

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board | Private Bag 18 | Nelson 7040 |
DDI: 03 543 7937

 

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From: Gaylene Corlett
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board


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Dear Gloria

Please find attached the response to your OIA requesting information about
the gender-affirming healthcare services provided by the Nelson
Marlborough District Health Board.

 

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|Ngā mihi |
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|Gaylene |
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| |Gaylene Corlett |
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| |Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive & Board Chair |
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| |Office:  03 546 1723  Cell:  027 246 6652 |
| | |
| |Private Bag 18, Nelson 7042, New Zealand |
| | |
| |Mail:  [1][email address]  [2]www.nmdhb.govt.nz|
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|P  Please consider the environment before printing this email |
|DISCLAIMER:  This electronic message together with any attachments is |
|confidential.  If you are not the intended recipient, do not copy, |
|disclose or use the contents in any way.  Please also advise us by |
|return e-mail that you have received the message and then please |
|destroy.  NMDHB is not responsible for any changes made to this message |
|and / or any attachments after sending by NMDHB.  We use virus scanning |
|software but exclude all liability for viruses or anything similar in |
|this email or any attachment. |
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