(Re)Thinking Trans Healthcare: Bridging the Gap between Policy, Practitioner and Patient

29 March 2019, 10.30 AM - 29 March 2019, 5.00 PM

Room 3.31 (Coutts Lecture Theatre), Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1RL

* Please note that all places for this event have been allocated, but we will be maintaining an active waiting list.

On 29 March 2019, the University of Bristol – in partnership with the Trans Equality Legal Initiative (TELI) and Mermaids – will organise a one-day inter-disciplinary conference entitled, '(Re)Thinking Trans Healthcare:  Bridging the Gap between Policy, Practitioner and Patient.’ The conference is generously supported by PolicyBristol, the Centre for Health, Law and Society, Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, University of Bristol, Natalie Gamble Law Associates, and Brilliant Beginnings.

The conference seeks to create space for individuals with a particular speciality and interest in trans healthcare to share ‘best practice’ knowledge (and to think about what that knowledge is) for the provision of treatment, both general and specialised, to trans populations. 

Topics addressed during the conference include gender affirmative care for young people, trans healthcare inequalities, non-binary treatment protocols, male pregnancy, trans ageing, and medico-legal reforms.

The conference is aimed at a wide audience and has two core aims: (a) to ‘bridge the gap’ between service providers, policy-makers, service users and academics; and (b) to identify key gaps in existing knowledge surrounding trans healthcare, thinking about ways in which relevant stakeholders can work together to fill those gaps.

A detailed summary of the conference speakers, aims and proceeding can be found here(Re)Thinking Trans Healthcare Conference Overview (PDF, 144kB)

There is no cost to attend the conference and lunch will be provided. To attend the conference, please send your expression of interest to Dr Peter Dunne (pd17563@bristol.ac.uk). We look forward to welcoming you on 29 March!


  • 09:30 – 10:00    Registration/Tea and Coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:15    Introduction
  • 10:15 – 10:30    Keynote
  • 10:30 – 11:35    Session 1: Children’s Access to Medical Transition Pathways through a Model of Informed Consent? 
  • 11:45 – 13:00    Session 2: Secondary Care: The Difficulties which Trans Individuals Experience Accessing Health Care
  • 13:00 – 14:00    Lunch (with invited student break-out sessions)
  • 14:00 – 15:10    Session 3: Trans Healthcare Inequalities: Presentation Fair
  • 15:30 – 16:45    Session 4: Intersections of Law, Medicine and Trans Identities
  • 16:45 – 17:00    Concluding Remarks

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