Professional Resources

Resources for Healthcare Professionals

If you encounter a trans patient in your career, it is important to make them feel accepted, safe, and understood. Trans people commonly experience sub-standard and traumatising interactions with healthcare professionals, and the only way to end this trend is through education and empathy.

For a broad overview, and basic definitions, see this page:

Hormonal Management of Trans and Gender Diverse Adults

MJA Position Statement Endorsed by RACP, ESA, AUSPATH

Sample Informed Consent Form for Feminising Hormone Therapy

Feminising hormone therapy is used for transgender individuals who are assigned male at birth

MJA Podcasts

Hormonal Therapy for Trans and Gender Diverse Adults

Australian Standards of Care for Trans and Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents

MJA Position Statement

Sample Informed Consent Form for Masculinising Hormone Therapy

Masculinising hormone therapy is used for transgender individuals who are assigned female at birth

Medical Education Resource on LGBTIQ+ Health

Collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and AMSAMedEd

Informed Consent Guidelines

Protocols for the Initiation of Hormone Therapy for Trans and Gender Diverse Patients

Primary Care Training Module

Primary healthcare for transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse patients

Trans Health Research Studies

Insights into the current status of Australian transgender healthcare, and the diminished health of trans citizens.

The Word "Trans"

How To Use This Term

The most important thing to remember about the term “transgender” is that it is an adjective, not a noun or a verb. Here are some examples of correct, and incorrect, uses of the term.

CORRECT: He is a transgender man.
INCORRECT: He is transgendered.

CORRECT: He is a trans man.
INCORRECT: He is a transman.

CORRECT: Those people are transgender.
INCORRECT: They are transgenders.

Transgender people are not some other species that would necessitate phraseology like “transgenders”, and being transgender is not an event that happens to a person, as implied by “transgendered”. Trans men are men, first and foremost, with “trans” just functioning as an extra descriptor; it is preferred by many modern transgender people that a space be kept between “trans” and “man” (or “person” or “woman”). Much in the same way that a cis man is still a man, a trans man is still a man too.

There are variations in preference the world over, and some older communities don’t really care about terms like “transgendered” or “transgenders”. Language evolves. However, from a modern Western point of view, these words are linguistically incorrect, and should not be used unless a person indicates that they speak this way.​

Healthcare Experiences

Videos About Trans Patients and Doctors

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