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Study on transgender mental health looking for participants

Study on transgender mental health looking for participants

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 06 August 2013 12:38 Written by // Cec Busby

Thanks to a research grant from beyondblue, Curtin University in WA is conducting Australia’s first study into the mental health of transsexual and transgender (trans) people and is looking for participants to complete an online survey.

Dr Zoë Hyde who is leading the research on the study said the aim of the study is to gain an accurate picture of the mental health of trans people in Australia.

“We use the term trans in an inclusive way, and would like to hear from people who use (or used) words like transsexual, transgender, sistergirl, androgynous, or genderqueer to describe themselves,” Hyde said.

“Transgender and transsexual people are a population that has received limited attention from public health researchers, planners and practitioners.

“Much of what is known about this population is informed by research conducted overseas and few studies in this area have been conducted in Australia.

“In a previous study conducted by the researchers in Western Australia, 32 per cent of trans people had been diagnosed with depression in the past year, compared to six per cent of the general population.

“This new study will investigate whether mental health problems are similar across Australia, and try to understand the reason behind higher rates of depression and anxiety in this population."

beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said she hopes the information gained from the survey will provide a stronger evidence base to assist service providers in planning and developing future mental health programs with trans people.

“beyondblue is proud to be supporting this important research. We are aiming to improve the mental health of people in the community and build an evidence base about the most effective ways to prevent and treat depression and anxiety.”

The study is completely anonymous, and involves filling in a survey online that will take around 30 minutes to complete. You need to be 18 years or older to complete the survey.
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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

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

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