Our vision is for a life without barriers
We conduct research with one goal: to provide robust evidence to improve the health and well-being of the trans, gender diverse, and non-binary (TGDNB) community. This is our community. Every question we ask, every project that we do, every collaboration that we start, is aligned with our goal and must translate to better health and advocating for our community. Findings guide health and well-being programs, treatment guidelines, and health policy, to enable trans people to live a life without barriers and discrimination.
We are TGDNB researchers with community experience, nurses, endocrinologists and research students based in the Department of Medicine (Austin Health) at The University of Melbourne, united by our shared goal. Whilst #GenderResearch is our core focus, as a leading trans health research group in Australia and authors of national gender-affirming hormone therapy guidelines, we are also advocates and passionate speakers, and share #GenderEducation with health professionals nationwide.
Our research findings have been translated into policy, and contributed to government investment in two new multidisciplinary gender clinics in Victoria, and a state-wide training program for health professionals in trans health. However, there is much more work to do, and we invite you to join us in shaping the future for health equity and a life without barriers for the TGDNB community.
We rely on your support
Trans (including gender diverse and non-binary) people face stigma, discrimination, and barriers in almost all aspects of life, from getting a job to simply finding a doctor to provide care.
Not surprisingly, the TGDNB community on the whole have alarming health inequity, with rates of depression approximately 7 times that of the general population, and over 40% have attempted suicide.
Our research seeks to change these distressing statistics and to enable trans people to live a life without barriers. We can't do this without your support. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Sav Zwickl (they/them)
Sav is a Researcher in our Trans Health Research group at The University of Melbourne and also completing a PhD focused on non-binary gender identities and experiences at La Trobe University. They are one of the lead investigators of TRANSform; an Australian Longitudinal Gender Health Study. Sav is also an engaging communicator, speaking with media to share their research and also delivering #GenderEducation.
Dept Medicine (Austin Health), The University of Melbourne
145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia