Improving the health and well-being of the trans and gender diverse community

Research Opportunity
PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Ada Cheung Ada Cheung 61 (3) 9496 2260 Personal web page

Summary Our initial research collaborating with Equinox Gender Diverse Clinic as well as our survey of nearly 1000 trans and gender diverse Australians revealed alarming health statistics, including significant mental health burden and socioeconomic disadvantage.

Project Details

This also highlighted an unmet need with a 10-fold rise in demand for trans health services over 5 years and an urgent need to improve training for health professionals in trans healthcare. This data supported policy changes and resulted in the Victorian Government initiating two new multidisciplinary gender clinics and a new statewide training program in 2019. We heard hundreds of community voices and stories in an attempt to understand their health priorities and health needs. We want to leverage on this and continue to capture community voices to dynamically respond to health issues. We want to use community-led research to drive policy direction and develop relevant health and well-being programs to better our community

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Child Health in Medicine, Cardiometabolic

Research Opportunities

PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.


Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Trans Medical Research

Research Node

Austin Health

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