The Counting Ourselves survey is very lucky to have support from a wonderful group of 10 people who volunteered to be on our Community Advisory Group. Look out for some of them on our Facebook page and website, explaining “Why this Survey Matters to Me”.
The Community Advisory Group’s role is to provide advice on ways to make sure the survey:
- is relevant to the health issues that trans and non-binary people face and
- reaches a diverse range of people and communities.
Our Community Advisory group members are:
- Bea Alcorn (Ahuriri/Napier and Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington)
- Nathan Bramwell (Waikato)
- Phylesha Brown-Acton (Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland)
- Tai Hartley-Parsons (Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington)
- Roxanne Peoples-Henare (Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland)
- Laurel McLachlan (Ōtepoti/Dunedin)
- Soul Mehlhopt (Manawatū)
- Scout Barbour-Evans (Ōtepoti/Dunedin)
- Ahi Wi-Hongi (Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington) and
- Jevon Wright (Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington)
The Community Advisory Group met together in South Auckland on 17 February 2018 to review the first draft of the survey. Most of their work and support is done remotely, and they will meet again in early 2019 to review the first survey results.
How was the Community Advisory Group chosen?
On 25 October 2017, the research team put out a call asking for people to apply to be on the Community Advisory Group. That call was circulated to as many trans, non-binary and takatāpui groups that we could identify, including many online Facebook groups. The application form listed the skills and knowledge we needed for the role. The research team received a lot of great applications and it was very hard to narrow down to the 10 people selected. We are very lucky that some of the other applicants are also keen to help us promote the survey.