Kaete Walker

Kaete Walker

* Hunter Centre for Sex and Gender Diversity Inc

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Hunter Centre for Sex and Gender Diversity Inc

**NB: our new website is now located at: http://www.huntercentreforsexandgenderdiversity.com.au/

(NSW Dept of Fair Trading Incorporation Number 1600026.   ABN 14 303 735 103)

 In mid 2015 a small special interest group was established with the aim of attempting to improve services for gender variant and transgender persons residing within the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. From this special interest group was later elected a management committee. The current management committee, a number of whom are transgendered or gender variant themselves, and all of whom give their time voluntarily outside of normal working hours, consists of:

  • President: Kaete Walker. Member of the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH), and member of its education sub- committee.
  • Vice President: Dr Katie-Jane Wynne PhD (Endocrinologist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, and member of ANZPATH.
  • Secretary: Dr Steve Kelly. General Practitioner, Warrabrook, Newcastle, and member of ANZPATH.
  • Treasurer: Dr Yolandie Goodyear, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and member of ANZPATH.
  • Mr Wez Saunders (Counsellor with ACON Hunter).
  • Mr Glenn Ferrero (Regional Manager, ACON Hunter).
  • Dr Judy Luu, Endocronologist, at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, and member of ANZPATH,
  • Mr Jay Kelly and Ms Sue Marchant.

Gratitude is also expressed, for past assistance given, to Rachael Wallbank, of Wallbanks Legal, to Associate Professor Rachel Heath, to Mr Liam Mortimer, social work student, Univ of Newcastle, to Dr Sharon Crabbe, Clinical Director, Hunter Valley Mental Health Service, and to many more.

The aims of the group are, within the Hunter region of NSW:

  1. To promote the subjects of the health, rights and well-being of people who experience difference in sexual formation and/or gender expression, within professional training programs.
  2. To serve as a forum for and promote communication and collaboration amongst professionals involved in the health, rights and well-being of people who experience difference in sexual formation and/or gender expression
  3. To encourage, promote and share research in the fields of the health, rights and well-being of people who experience difference in sexual formation and/or gender expression.
  4. To develop best practices and supportive policies which promote the health, rights and well-being of people who experience difference in sexual formation and/or gender expression.
  5. To establish a known network of professional service providers in the fields of the health, rights and well-being of people who experience difference in sexual formation and/or gender expression.

The name, Hunter Centre for Sex and Gender Diversity Inc (HSCSGD), was accepted by the NSW Dept of Fair Trading, 12th Jan 2016, as was its Constitution, and the body is now officially incorporated.

A bank account (BSB 650000. Acct No 522540100) has been set up under the Hunter Centre for Sex and Gender Diversity Inc name. Current membership fees (extending to June 30th 2018) are: Non concession $50; Centrelink concession (proof required) $25.

Since inception, members of HCSGD have given educational presentations to, variously: a Newcastle held conference of Hunter area GPs; Univ of Newcastle medical students (twice); an Australian medical students annual convention; a meeting of Hunter Central Coast Dept of Education senior psychologists; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Newcastle; Hunter Valley Mental Health Service, Maitland; Hunter New England Mental Health Service (Mater Hospital campus, relayed via video conference to sites elsewhere); contributions to local and international conferences; and more. Additionally, members have contributed to the development of the Hunter Primary Care ‘Gender Diversity and Transgender’ HealthPathway (a resource for GPs and other health workers in primary health care); the Transgender Gender Diversity’ Collaborative Space (a website containing research, and other articles of interest, for use by Hunter New England Health staff); and, a not yet fully operational HCSD website.

As well as its successes, HCSGD, perhaps similar other small organisations reliant on volunteer labour, and without high community profile, has also had its various challenges. Your donation may assist us.

Some presentations given:

ANZPATH (Brisbane Conference, March 2016)
WPATH (Amstedam, June 2016)
Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute (August 2016)
Australian Medical Students Association National Convention  (Newcastle, NSW, August 2016)
Dementia Alliance (October 2016)
University of Newcastle Medical Students (University of Newcastle, February 2017)
General Practitioners Fertility Meeting (February 2017)
Lake Macquarie Mental Health Service (March 2017)
Dr Yolandie Goodyear’s presentations in recent while:
Lake Macquarie CAMHS – March 2016: Gender Dysphoria in Children
Newcastle CAMHS – March 2016: Gender Dysphoria in Children
Hunter headspace – February 2017: Management and treatment of Gender Dysphoria in Children
Psychiatry Registrars at Mater Hospital – November 2016: Adolescent gender development and the gender agenda
Heath, R.A., & Walker, K. (December, 2015). Gender diversity issues in the school classroom. Invited address to the Executive Committee of the NSW School Guidance Officers, Hunter New England Region.
Walker, K., & Heath, R.A. (May, 2015). Transgender care and mental health: Some ideas for consideration. Talk given to Hunter New England Mental Health Grand Rounds. Calvary Mater Hospital, Waratah, NSW, Australia.
Walker, K., & Heath, R.A. (April, 2015). Transgendered youth in the NSW Hunter region: On the dire need for a designated gender clinic. Talk to the Newcastle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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Clinical providers, an incomplete listing (and more to be added, as time goes by), in the Hunter area of NSW who are said to have an interest and/or expertise in matters transgender (NB. Disclaimer: HCSGD Inc cannot necessarily vouch for any provider):

  1. Dr Steve Kelly. GP. Warrabrook, Newcastle.
  2. Dr Jon Pauley. GP. Lorn. Maitland area.
  3. Dr Katie-Jane Wynne PhD. Endocronologist, John Hunter Hospital.
  4. Dr Larry Brash. Psychiatrist. Lake Macquarie.
  5. Dr Carolyn Croft, Clinical Psychologist, Armidale. NSW.
  6. Ms Paula Machin, Manager of Speech Pathology. | Rankin Park Centre.
    Locked Bag No. 1. Hunter Region Mail Centre. Newcastle. 2310
  7. Counselors at ACON, Newcastle.

Please submit suggestions, and as why you you would recommend, any providers you’ve come across, to mytanwy@gmail.com

Kind wishes, Kaete.

Written by Kaete

January 1, 2016 at 12:38

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