To: Department of Health and the HSE
Improve Transgender Healthcare in Ireland
Improve transgender healthcare by providing more comprehensive mental health supports, reduce the long wait times of for assessments, hormone therapy and surgery in Ireland, and move from a psychiatric model of healthcare to a self-informed consent model.
Why is this important?
Long waiting list, lack of services and expert professionals are seriously harming the transgender community in Ireland, who are already among the most vulnerable community in Ireland.
It is imperative to move from a psychiatric model of healthcare to a self-informed consent model. Within the current psychiatric model, people are having to wait long periods for a compulsory psychiatric evaluations before being able to access basic treatments such as hormone therapy.
Long wait times are often traumatic and leave people with little options. In many cases people are therefore forced to seek treatment or surgery abroad.
It is time that Ireland uses the WPATH model (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and adopts a healthcare guideline inline with best practice.