Gender Affirming Healthcare Pre-conference Invitation. Closing date: 7 September 2016

Gender Affirming Healthcare Preconference

Saturday, 19 November 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Upper Eastside,
31 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock

Dear Medical/Mental Health Professional,

Gender DynamiX and Iranti-org would like to invite medical and mental health practitioners to a
one-day Gender Affirming Healthcare Preconference in Cape Town on 19 November 2016. This will precede the 3rd Trans Health, Advocacy and Research Conference in Southern Africa that will take place on 20 – 23 November in Cape Town.

Transgender persons experience multiple barriers to accessing health and healthcare services, including discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, bodily characteristics and sexual orientation. A general lack of awareness, knowledge and sensitivity in healthcare communities leads to inadequate access to, underutilisation of, and disparities within the healthcare system for the transgender population. Barriers to care are encountered by transgender and gender diverse persons when seeking preventive medicine, routine and emergency care, and transgender–related services. These realities continue to be reported worldwide. In Southern Africa, there also continues to exist a disparity between the availability and standard of gender affirming healthcare within South Africa itself, as well as between South Africa and other Southern African countries.

The Gender Affirming Healthcare Preconference aims to train and build a regional network of medical and mental health practitioners active in transgender healthcare. It will take the form of a one-day peer-to-peer training workshop, which will consist of plenary sessions in the morning and two separate streams in the afternoon for medical and mental health practitioners respectively (provisional programme attached). Aspects addressed will include the following:

  • Introduction to gender affirming healthcare
  • Informed consent, ethical guidelines and person-centred care
  • Sexual and reproductive health law and policy framework
  • Providers’ experiences in providing gender affirming services in the absence of national clinical guidelines
  • Legal gender recognition
  • Gender affirming hormone therapy
  • Gender affirming surgery
  • Gender affirming mental healthcare


The training will target medical and mental health practitioners (including general practitioners, endocrinologists, plastic surgeons, nurses, community health workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers) from six countries in the Southern African region, namely, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. It will be conducted by the multi-disciplinary team of the Groote Schuur Transgender Clinic (Cape Town), as well as other experts in the field.

We invite general practitioners, endocrinologists, plastic surgeons (or surgeons with knowledge of reconstructive surgery), nurses, community health workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers to apply for attending the Gender Affirming Healthcare Preconference. Medical and mental health practitioners who wish to apply will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Interest in providing transgender-specific/gender affirming healthcare
  • Nominated by, or have a recommendation letter from, a transgender or LGBTI-focused organisation within their respective country
  • Professional registration within their field of practice in their country
  • Willing and able to report on the number and demographics of transgender patients seen and provided with gender affirming medical or mental healthcare services following the preconference training

The preconference training, which is the first of its kind, aims at closing the gap that exists within and between geographical areas and countries in Southern Africa in the provision of gender affirming healthcare to transgender and gender diverse persons in the medical and mental health sectors.

There will no fee for the training itself. Limited scholarships are available to fund transport and accommodation for professionals from South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. We would like to ensure the participation of as many people as possible with the available funding.

The organisers are in the process of applying for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for the preconference and the main conference.

To apply, please complete the Application Form on the next page and email it by 7 September 2016 to az.gro.ximanydrednegnull@ecnerefnoc and az.gro.ximanydrednegnull@1ycacovda.

Gender Affirming Healthcare Pre-conference Application Form