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Our researchers are strongly committed to improving the lives of gender diverse and trans individuals growing up in Australia. They are hard at work collecting research to better inform policies and health professionals and to advocate for high-quality service provision.

They have conducted Australia's biggest survey of gender diverse young people to identify and break down barriers that exist in accessing mental health and other services. A total of 859 young people, aged 14-25, and 194 parents/guardians responded to the anonymous online Trans Pathways survey. It was conducted in partnership with the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, YouthLink and the Freedom Centre.

Now our researchers will work with Australia's hospital-based gender diversity services to better understand the mental health of gender diverse youth and the effects of treatment offered.


Introducing Trans Pathways

Trans Pathways is the largest study ever conducted of the mental health and care pathways of trans and gender diverse young people in Australia (859 participants). It is also the first Australian study to incorporate the views of parents and guardians of trans young people (194 participants).


Meet Drew

Drew is 16 years old. He came out as trans two years ago. This is his experience.

The Freedom Centre
A safe space for gender diverse young people. The drop-in centre is a place to hang out, have fun, meet other LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and otherwise diverse in their sexuality and/or gender) young people and get peer-support and information.

Young people aged 12-25 years can contact their local headspace centre for mental health support.

Young people aged 13-24 years can also contact YouthLink.

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