Counting Ourselves: The Aotearoa New Zealand Trans and Non-binary Health Survey

What is the survey about?

This is a comprehensive survey on the health of trans and non-binary people living in Aotearoa / New Zealand. The survey aims to document:

  • the emotional and physical health inequalities for trans and non-binary people
  • trans and non-binary people’s experiences of stigma, discrimination, and violence
  • trans and non-binary people’s experiences accessing general and gender-affirming healthcare in Aotearoa / New Zealand, and
  • the extent to which social support (including from peers, family, whānau, cultural or other communities) can protect against the negative impacts of stigma, discrimination, and violence.

We hope that this survey can help us to uncover information that will be useful for trans and non-binary people, health professionals, and policy makers to improve the health of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa / New Zealand. See our project website for more information:

Who are on the project team?

Dr Jaimie Veale is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Waikato/Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. She is the Principal Investigator of the project and was awarded a Health Research Council Emerging Researcher Grant for this research. Originally from Ashburton/Hakatere, Jaimie is a tauiwi trans woman of Scottish, English, and Australian descent.

Jack Byrne is a health and human rights researcher based in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, employed part-time by the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato to work on this survey. He has written national and regional reports on trans health and is a tauiwi trans man of Irish descent.

Sam Guy is a Masters student at the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. His qualifications are in Health Science and Public Health. He is a cisgender man of Ngāti Maru (Hauraki) whakapapa.

Dr Tāwhanga Nopera is a takatāpui artist and researcher of Ngāti Whakaue whakapapa. Tāwhanga works in kaupapa Māori approaches towards addressing historical trauma and promoting healthy sexual and gendered identities.

Kyle Tan is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Originally from Malaysia, he has Chinese whakapapa. His research interest lies in mental health and wellbeing of the rainbow communities.

We will update these details as other people join the research team.

Community Advisory Group

The project has a Community Advisory Group of trans and non-binary people from a diverse range of backgrounds who volunteer their time to advise us on ways to ensure that this survey has a meaningful impact on improving the health and well-being of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Who will answer the survey?

The survey is for any person whose gender differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. At this stage, the project team is using the umbrella term ‘trans and non-binary' to describe this wide diversity of people.

People who fill out the survey may or may not use the specific terms ‘trans’ or ‘non-binary’ to describe themselves. For example, they might identify as transgender, transsexual, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, takatāpui, fa’afafine, fa’afatama, fakaleiti, fakafifine, akava’ine, vakasalewalewa, genderqueer, non-binary, bi-gender, pangender, trans woman, trans feminine, trans man, or as trans masculine. Trans people filling out the survey might also identify as simply a woman or as a man.

How can you be involved?

We need lots of different people involved to be able to achieve our goals. If you fit any, or all, of the groups below, we want to hear from you.

Who can be involvedHow

Trans and non-binary people

Answer the survey when it goes live from Thursday June 21, 2018

Share the survey link with other trans and non-binary people, including through social media groups

Researchers, including postgraduate students, with knowledge about trans health issues

Volunteer to be part of our research team

Health professionals, health policy makers, and others interested in health data about trans and non-binary people

Contact us to join our network of collaborators. This could involve helping with things like suggesting possible survey questions and reviewing initial findings.

Promote the survey to trans and non-binary people

Anyone interested in trans health, including family /whānau and community groups

Join our email list

Visit our Facebook page

Encourage trans and non-binary people to fill out the survey when it goes live

Email us at: [email protected]

When can people fill out the survey?

The survey will be live from Thursday June 21. Please contact us if you would like to be involved and ask to join our email list or follow us on Facebook if you would like to receive updates about the project.

Thank you to our project funders