New Health Care Guidelines for Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming People Released

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Yellowknife — January 28, 2021

As part of its commitment to building a health system where cultural safety and relationship-based care is at the heart of everything it does, the Government of the Northwest Territories, led by the Department of Health and Social Services released Health Care for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming People: Guidelines for the NWT. This document has been developed for use by health care providers.

A key component of the referral process outlined in the document eliminates the need for a psychiatrist to diagnose an NWT patient with gender dysphoria, which used to be a common requirement in Canada before an individual  could obtain health care services. It is anticipated that the referral process, as set out in the Guidelines, will reduce lengthy wait times for these health care services.

These Guidelines were developed with the support of experts within the Department of Health and Social Services and a Workforce Diversity Officer from Human Resources, experienced primary care practitioners, patient advocates, and the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife.

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“These guidelines were developed to help NWT health care providers better serve transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals through the establishment of a clear referral process for accessing health care services. This change is part of  our commitment to embed cultural safety and relationship-based care in the Health and Social Services system,”

- Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services

Quick facts

  • The Guidelines were presented to physicians during their grand round and disseminated to nurses and other health care providers.
  • The Guidelines will be updated on an as and when basis to ensure they reflect emerging changes in transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming health care.

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Damien Healy

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Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories

Damien_Healy@gov.nt.ca