The one about trans awareness training for doctors in the UK’s NHS


We are joined over the phone by Dr Kate Nambiar, a sexual health and gender identity doctor from the UK. Kate shares the work she does to educate doctors working in the National Health Service, and we compare notes on which medical services are publicly funded for the trans and gender diverse communities in Australia and the UK.

In the news: Queensland’s first accredited LGBTIQ+ Aged Care Residence is opening, Almere in Holland unveils is first trans awareness pedestrian crossing, Jada Pickett hosts trans woman Paula Williams on her Facebook  Red Table Talks chat show, and in the US Danica Roem becomes first trans politician to win re-election in Virginia.

Events coming up for Trans Awareness Week and Trans Day of Remembrance include: A Transgender Awareness Week breakfast (Sydney, Nov 14), Minus18: Beyond the Binary (Melbourne, Nov 14), (How to be a Good Trans Ally (Melbourne, Nov 19), Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil (Melbourne, Nov 20) and Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony & Bridge Viewing (Brisbane, Nov 20).

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This episode was originally broadcast on 7 November 2019.