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02 DEC 2015
Press Release: HSE to Host First National Transgender Healthcare Conference
Tomorrow (Thursday 3rd December), the HSE will host the first National Transgender Healthcare Conference in Carlow. This event is organised by the HSE in partnership with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). Over 350 healthcare professionals are registered to attend the conference.
"Transgender people are part of Irish society and it is essential that our services address their needs. To do this, the HSE is in the process of developing services and models of care which will involve building capacity at national and local levels. This will also require targeted investment. Delivering services to transgender people should be everyone's business," said Dr Philip Crowley, HSE National Director, the Quality Improvement Division.
In a survey of 793 HSE Health and Social Care Professionals, 90% of respondents stated that they had not had any training on trans issues and 74% of respondents indicated that they would like training in this area.
"TENI is delighted to partner with the HSE on this conference and we are thrilled with the high level of interest among healthcare professionals to develop their skills and expertise to effectively work with trans clients," said TENI Health and Education Manager Vanessa Lacey. "We know that training works. TENI has delivered 67 trainings to nearly 2,000 healthcare professionals since the beginning of 2015."
Transgender Health Needs
In TENI's Speaking from the Margins report, the largest study of trans people in Ireland, researchers found high levels of suicidality within the trans community: 78% of participants reported thinking about ending their lives and 40% of those reported attempting suicide at least once. Participants also reported common experiences of stress (83%), depression (82%) and anxiety (73%).
The report also found that transition had a positive impact on a trans person’s mental health, with 75% of participants reporting that they felt that their mental health had improved. The positive impact was even more significant in terms of suicidality, with the majority of respondents reporting that they thought about or attempted suicide less after transition (81% thought about suicide or attempting suicide more before transition).
"For many trans people, medical transitioning is life saving," continued Ms. Lacey. "We need holistic, comprehensive health care services for trans people. This conference is an incredibly positive step in that direction."
Conference attendees will be addressed by international experts from Holland, including Prof. Peggy Cohen-Kettenis, Professor of Medical Psychology, former Director of the Centre of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria at the VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam and current member of the World Health Organisation’s Working group on Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health, who will address the conference on the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary teams for addressing the needs of trans clients.
A number of expert speakers will discuss the development of trans healthcare services in Ireland, including Prof. Donal O’ Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
The Conference will be closed by Minister Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Date: Thursday 3rd of December 2015
Time: 10am until 3pm.
Location: Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. Directions here.
TENI's report Speaking from the Margins: Trans Mental Health and Wellbeing in Ireland is available at www.teni.ie.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For comment, please contact TENI Health and Education Manager Vanessa Lacey on (085) 147 7166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general enquiries please contact TENI on (01) 873 3575 or email@example.com.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families. www.teni.ie