Associate Professor Ada Cheung is GLOBE Victoria Ally of the Year

GLOBE Community Victoria Awards Ada Cheung Ally of the Year

The GLOBE Community Awards has become an integral part of Victoria’s LGBTIQ community.

The GLOBE Awards celebrate achievement in Victoria’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities, highlighting the work of a diverse range of organisations and individuals that benefit and unite the Victorian LGBTIQ community.

This year Associate Professor Ada Cheung was awarded GLOBE's Ally of the Year for her support of the trans, gender diverse, and non-binary community.

Thanking the community and her research team upon accepting her award, Ada Cheung said she was honoured to be recognised by the trans community.

“There really is no greater award than receiving recognition from the community that I work with and it means so much to me,” A/Professor Chung said.

With a background in endocrinology, Ada began working with the trans and gender-diverse community in 2016, when she established a small clinic upon hearing of trans people being refused care by health services.

“I listened to hundreds of stories of discrimination in all aspects of life, including housing and employment. There were many cases of people being refused care by GPs and other health professionals,” she said.

Ada Cheung established Trans Health Research the following year to develop an evidence base to support more effective approaches to trans health.

Working alongside a diverse community advisory group, the research team - which includes trans, non-binary and gender diverse researchers - conducts research to understand the effects of gender-affirming hormone therapy, improve mental health and wellbeing, optimise health service delivery and improve the health and well-being of the gender diverse community.

Ada has won a number of national and international awards for research excellence and outstanding community leadership, and is committed to training MD & PhD students and trans researchers.

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