The healthcare system can be intimidating at the best of times. Believe me I've experienced it both as a patient and as someone who works in it. But when you're trans or non-binary that feeling can be magnified.
'Will they call me by the name I call myself?'
'Will they use the correct pronouns?'
'Will they accept what I look like, my body?'
I can tell you from many years working with doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, that the vast, vast majority of people do care about you.
Unfortunately, there is still a widespread lack of education around people like us and the systems that govern how names and sex are recorded more often than not don't take our situation into account. This leads to misunderstandings, miscommunication and a world of hurt and mistrust that doesn't need to be there. There are also folks who have told me that they experienced more than this and feel they have been genuinely discriminated against. Obviously this is never acceptable.
This is, however, changing.
Although it may not always feel like it, more healthcarers are becoming aware of gender diverse issues and systems are starting to reflect this.
In the meantime, if you're experiencing a lack of understanding of yourself as a transgender, non-binary or gender diverse person within the healthcare system and need an advocate reach out for help to myself or anyone of the trans organisations on the connect page.
Unfortunately I can't promise that you'll get exactly what you want but I can offer staff education on TGD issues and hopefully help decrease any misunderstandings.
Feel free to contact me by email or text me on the mobile number in the contact section. I'll endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible but please understand that as I work there may be a delay and I may not always be available when needed. In which case I will try to put you in touch with other support groups and organisations who may be able to help.
If you are in need of urgent support please contact:
000 if it is an emergency,
if you are struggling with mental health issues
Lifeline - 13 11 14