Counting Ourselves was an anonymous survey about the health of trans and non-binary people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. This survey collected information that we hope will improve the lives of people in our communities, by showing us:
- how well trans and non-binary people are doing in our mental health and physical health compared to the rest of the population
- our experiences of stigma, discrimination, and violence
- our experiences in doctor’s clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. This could be for gender affirming care such as hormones or surgeries, or when you see someone about your general health
- how support from our friends, family, whānau, or others might protect us against the negative impacts of stigma, discrimination, and violence that many trans and non-binary people face
We developed the survey by working with our Community Advisory Group which includes a diverse range of people from across the country. We also asked for feedback from community organisations, academic researchers, health professionals, and researchers from government agencies.