How do I access services?
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 NRTHS 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 NRTHS clinician will send letters to your GP outlining your management plan and support your primary care health team to provide on-going maintenance therapy once established. Your GP may refer you back to NRTHS for further support if your hormone therapy needs to be reviewed or you need to access further gender affirming health care.
Who can refer to Northern Region Transgender Health Services?
- 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.