Gender Wellbeing Service

The Gender Wellbeing Service is a free, confidential mental health service for people who are questioning their gender identity or identify as trans or gender diverse.

This service provides psychological therapies, peer support, general information and support within the metropolitan area of Adelaide. If you would like to see if you live or work within the Adelaide Primary Health Network service area, please visit the Primary Health Network. If you live in rural or regional SA, visit Gender Connect Country SA.

 

Psychological Therapies

We provide short term, non-crisis, evidence-based psychological therapies for gender questioning, trans and gender diverse people with mild to moderate mental health concerns.
The service is available for people who are 12 years old and over. To access our psychological therapies, a Mental Health Care Plan is required from a GP.

NOTE: Our Mental Health Clinicians are not able to provide assessments and reports. Alternative referral options for this can be found on the ‘Practitioner’s List’ on the Trans Health SA website.

How to access our psychological therapies:

  1. Obtain a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP
  2. Consider gender/identity-specific therapy goals
  3. Send your MHCP to the Gender Wellbeing Service via fax: 7099 5399
  4. We will contact you to arrange an intake appointment to assess your suitability for the service
  5. We will then arrange a brief intervention (3-6 sessions) with one of our Mental Health Clinicians or suggest alternative services

 

Peer Support Program

Our service offers peer support for gender questioning, trans and gender diverse people over the age of 16 through various group programs that run at different points throughout the year. These groups are supported by a team of paid staff and volunteers with lived experience of gender diversity.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media for current and upcoming groups!

Have Questions?

We strongly encourage reading our FAQs to learn more about the service we provide, how to access care, supporting people who are trans and gender diverse and more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Service
Frequently Asked Questions About Gender Affirmation (AKA Transition) Pathways
Frequently Asked Questions by Carers, Supports & Professionals

The Gender Wellbeing Service General Enquiry Form is no longer in service. Please consider reading our above FAQ pages to learn more about our service and accessing care.

We are an Adelaide Primary Health Network funded mental health service and offer short term mental health interventions only.

Please consider contacting the following for general enquiries:

 

Other resources:

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Volunteer at the Gender Wellbeing Service, view the Application Form for more information and to submit an expression of interest.

We offer a range of community groups and community workshops for gender diverse people and their supports. These groups and workshops run at various times throughout the year. Please contact the Gender Wellbeing Service via the below contact form if you’d like any further information.

Workshops

Gender Adventure – Workshops for newly identified trans and gender diverse young people.

Families in Transition – Workshops for parents and carers of trans and gender diverse young people.

Community Groups  

Visit Trans Health SA for information around community groups available.

Adelaide Queer Games – A safe space for LGBTQIA+ people 16 years + and their allies to meet new people and play games.

TransFemme SA – Monthly social meet ups for those who identify as feminine and are not assigned female at birth.

Rainbow Space – A monthly group meeting for young people aged 12 -17yrs who identify as LGBTIQA+.

YouSpace – A group program for young people aged 12-17yrs who identify as gender questioning, gender diverse and transgender.

TRANSforming Loneliness– A 4 week social support group for trans and gender diverse adults aged 18+ experiencing social isolation
and loneliness. Commencing 11 January – 01 February 2022, Tuesday evenings held via zoom.

If you or another person are experiencing a mental health emergency:

  • Phone the Mental Health Triage Service: 13 14 65 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Attend your nearest hospital emergency department
  • phone 000 (Police, Ambulance or Fire Service)

Alternative Non-Crisis ‘Out of Hours’ Services

If you or another person are seeking alternative ‘out of hours’ phone support services contact:

  • QLife: 1800 184 527 (3pm to midnight) QLife is a counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI)
  • Lifeline: 131 114 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Kids Helpline (up to 25 years): 1800 551 800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

This service is funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network – an Australian Government Initiative.

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