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Due to COVID-19, our program now uses Zoom to deliver interactive and engaging online training packages. Face-to-face training may be available on a case-by-case basis at our Abbotsford premises.

Training is available during office hours, with some availability after hours when possible.

Now that our training is online, we particularly welcome clinicians and organisations from regional and rural areas of Victoria to use this service. Ensuring our training is accessible for these communities is a priority for us.

Who are we?
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The Trans and Gender Diverse in Community Health (TGDiCH) Consortium comprises of Thorne Harbour Health, Your Community Health, Ballarat Community Health, and Austin Health. In 2019 the TGDiCH Consortium was successfully funded by the Department of Health and Human Services in the establishment of two multi-disciplinary community TGD health clinics in Preston and Ballarat as well as Thorne Harbour health to lead state-wide evidence-based training in TGD affirmative health care.

What is TGD affirmative health care?
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TGD affirmative care is the practice of actively listening to, learning about, and meeting the needs of trans and gender diverse people using your service. It aims to overcome the negative legacy of historic gate-keeping and stigmatising models of care which have created significant barriers to health access for TGD communities. By embedding TGD affirmative care into our practices, we can overcome the health disparity between TGD people and the broader community and move towards a more equitable and just society for everyone.

What does our project involve?
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Current evidence tells us that access to safe, appropriate, and accessible health care is crucial in order to achieve health equity for trans and gender diverse people. Our training program consists of a variety of training packages created to improve TGD sensitivity, reduce stigma and discrimination, and build the health sector’s capacity to meet the needs of TGD Victorians.

The program has been co-created with trans and gender diverse people and medical professionals of a variety of backgrounds and professions, and is designed to adapt to different delivery methods and contexts. Training modules are tailored to their specific audience, including sector-specific knowledge for GPs, specialists, nurses, allied health, pathology and reception staff.

Our Team
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We’re proud of our team of TGD-identified trainers who draw upon a wealth of knowledge from both their TGD and health service provider communities:

Dr Julian Grace

Our Project Lead & Lead Trainer is Dr. Julian Grace, a qualified Osteopath (BHlthSc, BAppSc) currently practicing at the Equinox multidisciplinary health clinic and working closely with GPs, nurses, and other professionals. He is also an experienced educator, both in tertiary biomedical science education and freelance facilitation.

Riley Edwards

Riley Edwards (they/them) is an Administrator/Trainer within the TGDiCH team working to support everyday administrative tasks, finding new ways to engage with the healthcare sector and delivering interactive training. They bring their past experience as a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator to apply a whole of community and person-centred approach to the TGDiCH project to support individuals and organisations find practical ways to support the transgender and gender diverse community.

In their spare time, Riley is an avid rock climber with a passion for supporting LGBTI inclusion in sports and recreation, so that all rainbow folk can access the mental and physical health and wellbeing benefits of rock climbing and the outdoors.

Son Vivienne

Son Vivienne (they/them) is Trans Lead at Thorne Harbour Health in Training and Capacity Development and convenes the Transcripts seminar series. They also hold a part time position in the Peer-Support Program at Transgender Victoria. They are a Board Director at LGBTQI+ youth advocacy NGO, Minus18, and Secretary of Transgender Victoria with particular interest in Access & Inclusion and Peer Support. Son has a background in media production and a PHD in digital self-representation, storytelling, online activism for and by queer identities. Their work on digital storytelling is published as Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics (Palgrave, 2016). Son’s less-verbose, more-embodied projects include cultivating abundance in their garden, and generosity in their children. More info at Son’s website: www.incitestories.com.au or Twitter @sonasterisk

As well as our TGD trainers, the project is collaborating with allies who are experienced practitioners in their fields. This includes endocrinologists, general practitioners, surgeons, psychiatrists, nurses, speech pathologists, and a broad selection of experts from across the health care sector.

Training Packages
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TGD Affirmative Practice (available to book now)

2-hour multidisciplinary training available via Zoom, covering:

  • Appropriate language
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Current TGD Health statistics and research in Australia
  • Common avenues of gender affirmation including medical pathways
  • Applying Affirmative Practice in the clinic environment
  • Delivered by health professionals who identify as TGD

Project ECHO Community of Practice

A free, live, online and peer-based educational platform, creating a democratised multidisciplinary community of practice for TGD healthcare in Victoria.

  • For practitioners who are already involved in providing TGD healthcare, or are starting to work in the area and have undergone Affirmative Practice (or equivalent) training.
  • The Project ECHO initiative connects practitioners across professions and locations, to maximise impact and improve health outcomes for those most in need. For more information, see the Project ECHO website.
  • Multi-modal training combines didactic presentations with case discussion led by an expert panel.
  • Evening sessions on the first Thursday of every month

Contemporary TGD Healthcare for General Practitioners

  • Co-designed by TGD health professionals, experienced general practitioners, and educators.
  • Qualifies for CPD points (CPD Activity)
  • Advanced training opportunity designed to increase the confidence and knowledge of GPs in TGD health, covering:
      • Affirmative Practice
      • Cultural sensitivity
      • Current TGD Health statistics and research in Australia
      • The role of the GP in gender affirmation: advocacy, referrals, support
      • Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy prescription and management
      • Navigating surgical options and referrals
      • The role of the GP in general healthcare for TGD populations
      • Referral pathways
      • Finding a community of practice
  • Utilising interactive and reflective learning tools including real-world and hypothetical case studies.

Additional Training Services Provided

  • Lectures
  • Resource Kits and Reading Lists
  • Webinars
  • Panel Discussions
  • Conference Presentations

For queries regarding the TGDiCH multidisciplinary clinics, please contact:



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