Aotearoa New Zealand Trans and Gender Diverse Health Survey
Call for Community Advisory Group Members
We are calling for people to apply to be on the Community Advisory Group for a comprehensive survey on the health of trans and gender diverse people living in Aotearoa / New Zealand. You can you can fill out the application form below or email us on [email protected] to receive a copy. The deadline for sending in your application is Sunday 12 November 2017.
Role of the Advisory Group
The Community Advisory Group will provide advice on ways to make sure the survey:
- is relevant to the health issues that trans and gender diverse people face and
- reaches a diverse range of people and communities.
Who is eligible to be on the Community Advisory Group
You can apply to be on the Community Advisory Group if:
- you live in New Zealand and
- you are trans or gender diverse (that is, your gender differs from your sex assigned at birth).
At this stage, the project team is using the umbrella term ‘trans and gender diverse’ to describe the wide diversity of people whose gender differs from their sex assigned at birth. People who apply to be on the Community Advisory Group may or may not use the specific terms ‘trans’ or ‘gender diverse’ to describe themselves. Potential group members might also identify as transgender, transsexual, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, takatāpui, fa’afafine, fa’afatama, fakaleiti, fakafifine, akava’ine, vakasalewalewa, non-binary, genderqueer, bi-gender, pangender, trans woman, trans feminine, trans man, or as trans masculine. Trans people applying to be on the Community Advisory Group might also identify as simply a woman or as a man.
The names of the Community Advisory Group members will be made public. If you do not want other people to know you are trans or gender diverse, there are many less public ways you can be involved in this project. These are listed on the general flyer about the survey.
Knowledge and Skills
We are looking for trans and gender diverse people who have knowledge or skills in one or more of these areas:
- knowledge of stigma, discrimination, and other barriers that trans and gender diverse people face trying to access general and gender affirming healthcare in Aotearoa / New Zealand
- knowledge of the types of support, including peer and cultural support, that can strengthen the resilience of trans and gender diverse people
- knowledge of Māori health models and/or about the health and wellbeing of whakawāhine, tāngata ira tane, takatāpui, and other Māori trans and gender diverse people
- knowledge of Pacific health models and/or about the health and wellbeing of fa’afafine, fa’afatama, fakaleiti, fakafifine, akava’ine, vakasalewalewa, and other Pacific trans and gender diverse people
- knowledge of how other aspects of a trans or gender diverse person’s identity may impact on their health outcomes (for example, disability, age, ethnicity, or class)
- knowledge about health issues for trans and gender diverse people in prison, youth justice residences, or in other care facilities
- an interest in research on the health of trans and gender diverse people.
The Community Advisory Group will be set up in late 2017 and will run for up to two years. If you are appointed to the Community Advisory Group, you will be asked to:
- read the draft survey questionnaire and give your feedback
- attend a 1-day face-to-face meeting, probably in February 2018, to discuss the possible survey questions and ways to encourage people to fill out the survey
- participate in email discussions and/or Skype meetings every 2 to 3 months
- respond to occasional email requests for information or comments and
- attend a second 1-day face-to-face meeting, in late 2018 or early 2019, to advise the project team on how they write up the survey results
Ideally, Community Advisory Group members will have some internet access. If this is an issue for you, let us know in your application. The project team can also send out photocopies of key documents, for Community Advisory Group members who prefer to read information that way.
Travel and other meeting expenses
The project will book and pay for travel by Community Advisory Group members to attend each of the face-to-face meetings.
If Community Advisory Group members have other costs directly related to attending these meetings, they should let the project team know in advance. Pre-approved expenses, such as childcare costs, can be reimbursed.