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Health practitioner and student attitudes to caring for transgender patients in Tasmania: an exploratory qualitative study


Grant, R and Smith, AK and Nash, M and Newett, L and Turner, R and Owen, L, Health practitioner and student attitudes to caring for transgender patients in Tasmania: an exploratory qualitative study, Transgender Health, 50, (6) pp. 416-421. ISSN 2688-4887 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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© The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2021

DOI: doi:10.31128/AJGP-05-20-5454


Background and objectives

Healthcare practitioners struggle to provide inclusive and affirming care to transgender people. This study examined Tasmanian healthcare practitioners’ and students’ understandings and approaches to trans health.


The study comprised qualitative semi-structured interviews with 17 healthcare practitioners (doctors, psychologists, nurses, and other allied health workers) and students (medicine, nursing, and pharmacy) across Tasmania, Australia. Data were analysed using a reflexive thematic analysis.


We identified three key themes: 1) Lack of training, 2) Limited resources to support trans patients, 3) The importance and challenges of trans-inclusive language.


Healthcare practitioners faced challenges providing inclusive and affirming healthcare for trans people due to limited experience with trans patients, and few educational opportunities and referral pathways to support patients. Healthcare practitioners need better support and resources to improve quality of care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gender-affirming care, primary care, medical education, healthcare interactions, delivery of healthcare
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
UTAS Author:Smith, AK (Mr Anthony Smith)
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Newett, L (Miss Lyndsay Newett)
UTAS Author:Turner, R (Professor Richard Turner)
UTAS Author:Owen, L (Dr Louise Owen)
ID Code:143935
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2021-04-12
Last Modified:2022-10-03

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