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Ongoing Research


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Study Overview

TRANSform is an ongoing survey designed to investigate the health and wellbeing experiences of the Australian trans community and how these might change over time. This includes all individuals aged 16 years and above with a non-binary and/or binary gender that is different to what was presumed for them at birth. It is a community-based participatory study and we are incredibly grateful to the 1500 participants from every state and territory in Australia who have joined to-date since May 2020. We are recruiting continuously and invite you to join us!


After a brief enrolment survey, participants will receive a series of surveys each year which will change depending on the current health issues affecting the community and the feedback of participants. Every question and every survey is designed by our team of trans researchers to ensure that it is relevant and contributes to our overall goal. Findings and recommendations from TRANSform will guide health service providers, researchers and policy makers to optimise the health and well-being of the trans community. In this first year, we will send a $5 Giftpay voucher that can be used at a variety of stores including supermarkets, department stores and cinemas to thank you for your participation. We hope to be able to do this ongoing (pending funding).


The purpose of TRANSform is to provide robust, accurate, relevant and current information which will improve the health and well-being of the Australian trans community over time.

TRANSform aims to help shape the future of trans health and well-being in Australia by:

  • Providing voice to Australian trans individuals to have a say about their health, well-being and delivery of health services.

  • Understanding health needs of trans people across the lifespan to guide future policy and planning of gender-affirming and general health care services.

  • Identifying the social, psychological, physical and environmental factors which determine good health, and those which cause ill-health, in trans people across the lifespan.

  • Providing information on the long term health outcomes of trans people and factors which may modify this.

  • Raising the profile of community-led research and providing opportunity for trans researchers.

  • Providing a national research resource on trans health.


During 2020, surveys will examine:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the trans community,

  • Estradiol dose and well-being study. This study is open to ALL people using feminising hormone therapy and will explore well-being in people with different types, doses and formulations of feminising hormone therapy such as estrogen, progesterone and anti-androgens and

  • Pain experiences in people using testosterone therapy. This study is open to ALL trans people using masculinising hormone therapy.


This research has been initiated by the Trans Health Research Group, based at The University of Melbourne and a team of collaborators. Investigators include a core team of trans researchers; Sav Zwickl, Alex Wong, Kalen Eshin, Daria Chetcuti and Teddy Cook together with endocrinologists Dr Ada Cheung and Dr Lachlan Angus. We welcome collaborations.


We invite collaborating researchers who may seek to analyse existing data or to perform a new substudy/survey as part of TRANSform to express interest via the Collaborate button. Expression of interest forms will be initially submitted to Sav Zwickl (transform-research@unimelb.edu.au) then reviewed by the investigative team to assess scientific validity and appropriateness of data use. All projects must directly contribute to improving the health or well-being of the community or contribute to the education or training of a trans researcher. Investigators will provide written feedback and subsequent ethical approval will need to be obtained.

Each year, new surveys will be launched in May. Surveys for the following year will be finalised by December to enable appropriate review and ethics application prior to launch each May.

Hormone Studies