Responding to the psycho-social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community

Gay & Lesbian Network is inviting all interested medical, mental health care practitioners, psychologists and non-profit organisations to a Transgender training session in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 1st July 2018.

The details are as follows:

Sunday 1 July 2018, 11am

St Alpheges Church, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg

Transgender persons experience multiple barriers to accessing health and healthcare services, including discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, bodily characteristics and sexual orientation.  A general lack of awareness, knowledge and sensitivity in healthcare communities leads to  inadequate access to, under-utilisation of, and disparities with the healthcare system for the transgender population.

Barriers to care are encountered by transgender and gender diverse persons when seeking preventive medicine or routine and emergency care, and trans-related services. These realities continue to be reported worldwide and South Africa is no different. There also continues to exist a disparity between the available and standard of gender affirming healthcare within South Africa itself.

The workshop is structured around peer-to-peer training session focused on awareness-raising and the sensitising of providers to the needs of transgender and gender diverse persons accessing health care. Aspects addressed in the training will include the following:

  • Introduction to gender affirming healthcare
  • Informed consent, ethical guidelines and person-centred care
  • Gender affirming hormone therapy and surgery
  • Gender affirming mental healthcare
  • Legal gender recognition

This training aims to close the gap that exists between quality healthcare service provisioning and the ability of transgender and gender diverse persons to effectively and adequately access such services within geographical areas. The presenters are Chris/tine McLachlan (Clinical Psychologist) and Elma de Vries (family physician and senior lecturer at University of Cape Town)

There is a R100 fee for the training. To apply, please complete the application form and email it by 25 June to

Please click here for application form