The NSW health sector is guided by the goals of keeping people healthy, providing world-class clinical care and delivering truly integrated care. Central to this is a commitment, as outlined in the NSW State Health Plan: Towards 2021 to supporting healthier communities for all of those who live in NSW, with recognition that “some people and communities have particular health needs and barriers to accessing the care they need”.
Trans and gender diverse people are one such community that are in urgent need of a comprehensive and coordinated plan for improving their health and wellbeing, having to date largely been absent from health strategies, services and program delivery in the state.
The small number of healthcare providers and nongovernment organisations that provide services and programs for the trans and gender diverse community do so with very limited resources, making it impossible to meet the increasing demand from the community.
NSW faces a crisis in addressing the particular health needs of the trans and gender diverse community and the barriers they experience in accessing care on a daily basis. A Blueprint for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community in NSW provides a way forward for government, healthcare providers, NGOs, researchers, healthcare professional associations, educational institutions and other stakeholders in the health sector.