Counting Ourselves is the first comprehensive national survey of the health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people living in Aotearoa New Zealand and was conducted from 21 June till 30 September 2018.
- High levels of participants wanting but not being able to access gender-affirming healthcare.
- Cost was the most commonly reported barrier for all surgeries, and few participants had been able to access these through the public health system.
- Over a third (36%) of participants had avoided seeing a doctor because they were worried about disrespect or mistreatment as a trans or non-binary person, including 20% reporting this in the last 12 months.
- Five out of every seven participants aged 15 and older (71%) reported high or very high psychological distress, compared with only 8% of the general population in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- More than half of the participants (56%) had seriously thought about attempting suicide in the last 12 months.
- Participants’ rate of cannabis use in the last year (38%) was more than three times that of the general population (12%).
- More than one in five (21%) school student participants were bullied at school at least once a week, much higher than the general population (5%).
- Two-thirds of participants (67%) had experienced discrimination at some point.
- Almost a third of participants (32%) reported someone had had sex with them against their will since they were 13.
- Five out of six participants (83%) did not have the correct gender marker on their New Zealand birth certificate.