More scholarships up for grabs to attend ANZPATH conference
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More scholarships up for grabs to attend ANZPATH conference

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:57 Written by // Cec Busby

An anonymous donor has offered up a further $10,000 to assist transgender people in participating in ANZPATH, a Transgender health conference that will be held in Adelaide next month.

Conference organisers said the generous donation will be used to create further scholarships to assist in paying conference fees and partially fund travel and accommodation expenses of transgender people.

Applicants for the new scholarships will need to demonstrate a track record of committed community service and positive advocacy and/or be currently studying at tertiary institutions aspiring to work in this area.

The Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH) Third International Biennial Conference will be the Southern Hemisphere’s most comprehensive program ever covering crucial issues and challenges in relation to Transgender health.

Trans advocate Kelly Glanney, spokesperson for the Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust, a Sydney based community organisation helping ANZPATH stage the conference, described the conference as inclusive and suggested it will be landmark in its programming, which covers a range of critical trans health issues.

“ANZPATH have bought together the most visionary and inclusive conference program ever held in Australia, covering the full range of critical issues and current challenges in relation to Transgender health,” Glanney said.

“For the first time ever, dozens of Trans* identified speakers will share the stage with with leading experts from all over the world to discuss and debate cutting edge ideas, strategies, ideas and concepts, new scientific research and individual personal insights and experiences over three days.”

 In order to maximise this opportunity ANZPATH had been working for months with various government agencies and community organisations to create scholarships that would ensure the Trans* and gender diverse communities could fully participate in this event.

“We'd succeeded in delivering scholarship packages to assist NSW and South Australian Trans* people attend and Queensland organisation Many Genders, One Voice has sourced $8000 worth of scholarships that prioritized getting brother boys and sister girls (terms for indigenous trans people) from across the country to this conference.”

Glanney said despite these best efforts, it was starting to look like many other gender diverse people in both Australia and New Zealand would miss out simply because funds weren’t made available. She described the donation by the anonymous donor as miraculous and said it would be a "game-changer" for members of the community who had looked likely to miss out on attending due to the financial burden.

“ANZPATH have done amazing work attracting some of the leading minds and most innovative health practitioners in the world to our shores for this event. Our challenge has been to ensure that as many Trans* people as possible would get to benefit from the learning and networking opportunities this conference will provide,” Glanney told GNN. “Our anonymous angel donor has just helped to make that all the more achievable.”

Trans* identified people wishing to apply for these scholarships need to send ANZPATH a letter of not more than 1000 words outlining how and why they can benefit from attending this event.. Full details of how to apply are available here http://www.anzpath.org/events/scholarships/
Each scholarship is worth up to $650, covering conference fees and as much as Aus $400.00 towards individual travel and accommodation costs.
Successful applicants will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation costs at registration. Applications close on Friday September 12 and successful applicants will be notified by Monday September 15.

Download the full conference program here

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Cec Busby

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Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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