Trans­gen­der and gen­der di­verse sup­port ser­vices get fund­ing

Fiji Sun - - Aust/nz News - Auck­land: RNZ ne­­[email protected]­

Trans­gen­der and gen­der di­verse peo­ple in the North­land and Auck­land re­gions will soon be able to ac­cess DHB funded peer­sup­port ser­vices pro­vided by two of the coun­try’s long­est run­ning rain­bow or­gan­i­sa­tions

The ser­vices, pro­vided by Rain­bow Youth and OUT­Line, will in­clude the re­cruit­ment of three peer-sup­port worker roles, which will be held by peo­ple who iden­tify as trans­gen­der and/or gen­der di­verse.

They will be aided by trained vol­un­teers who will lead peer sup­port groups in these re­gions.

The peer sup­port ser­vices will be avail­able to peo­ple of all ages and are funded by the Auck­land, Waitemat , Coun­ties Manukau and North­land DHBs.

Rain­bow Youth says peer-sup­port models have worked to help re­duce the isolation of queer, gen­der di­verse and in­ter­sex young peo­ple who ac­cess the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the re­cent an­nual sur­vey, roughly half of all peo­ple who ac­cess one on one sup­port, and who dis­close their iden­tity, are gen­der di­verse, says Rain­bow Youth ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Frances Arns. “This is a huge op­por­tu­nity to help sup­port gen­der di­verse peo­ple and their whanau. We are in­cred­i­bly proud to see the North­ern Re­gion DHBs in­vest­ing in the well­be­ing and health out­comes for our trans and gen­der di­verse communitie­s.” The ser­vice is one of the out­comes of the Hauora Tahine: Path­ways to Trans­gen­der Health­care Ser­vices project.

It will launch later in the year.

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