We are very excited to be hosting the Aotearoa New Zealand Trans Health Symposium at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. The symposium will be held in the Gallagher Academy for Performing Arts from 9am to 4:30pm on Saturday May 4th, 2019.

Registration is now open for the symposium! To register and see more information about the symposium, including the programme outline, please go to:

The symposium will bring people together for interactive sessions on research and clinical practice in the area of trans people’s health. We will release key findings from Counting Ourselves, discuss the latest guidelines for clinical practice, and plan ways to build networks for people around Aotearoa who are working on trans health.

Our Call for Submissions closed on 6 February, 2019. We are currently working on the schedule and registration details.

The organising committee will be fundraising to try and keep the costs as low as possible, particularly for trans and non-binary people working on these issues who will be traveling from outside Kirikiriroa/Hamilton for the symposium.

Pre-symposium Event: The “Gender Experts” by Dr Ruth Pearce

We are pleased to announce that our Aotearoa Trans Health Symposium invited international speaker, Dr Ruth Pearce, will present a talk on the day before the Symposium. This event will be open to the public and Dr Pearce will speak about "Gender Experts”: Clinical Discourse and Becoming Trans.

This event will be held on Friday 3rd May from 12-1pm, at room K.G.09 (K Block, ground floor) at the University of Waikato.

Dr Ruth Pearce is a Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Her research explores issues of inequality, marginalisation, power and political struggle from a trans feminist perspective. Ruth’s work is characterised by an interest in forging links between academia, activism, and practice within the healthcare professions, public sector and community sector.

Ngā mihi manaakitanga,

The Aotearoa New Zealand Trans Health Symposium organising committee:

  • Phylesha Brown-Acton - F'INE
  • Jack Byrne - Counting Ourselves (The University of Waikato)
  • Thomas Hamilton - re.frame
  • Dr Rachel Johnson -  Centre for Youth Health (CMDHB)
  • Joey Macdonald - Kāhui Tū Kaha
  • Duncan Matthews - Treasurer, Rule Foundation
  • Dr Jeannie Oliphant - Auckland Sexual Health Service
  • Dr Jaimie Veale - Counting Ourselves (The University of Waikato)
  • Ahi Wi-hongi - Gender Minorities Aotearoa