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TScreen (Trans and gender diverse screening/chest care)

TScreen (Trans and gender diverse screening/chest care)

To ensure our services are inclusive of trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, we have established a Gender Diverse Inclusive Breast Screening/Chest Care (Tscreen) project. We applied for Rainbow Tick Accreditation in 2018. Read our report on how we are developing trans and gender services at BreastScreen Victoria. This project complies with the recommendations by the Victorian Government that trans and gender diverse people receive age appropriate screening and sits alongside the Beautiful Women campaign

Expert advisory group

For the past four years BreastScreen Victoria has been working with an advisory Group including representatives from LGBTI organisations and medical experts. A subgroup of the advisory group has been established to oversee the development of TGD information and inclusive practices. This includes representatives from TransGender Victoria.

Research review and community survey

There is limited information currently available on breast screening and chest care for TGD people. To address this gap we have reviewed the research and developed a confidential survey for TGD people in Victoria. The survey was launched in October 2017 and included 10 questions about TGD people’s experiences, knowledge and suggestions for inclusive screening. 

Policy and information booklet

The research review and survey results will be used to inform BreastScreen Victoria policy, staff education and information for TGD people. A draft policy will be reviewed by the TGD advisory group and the information booklet will be presented to participants at the community consultation for feedback.

Community consultation

On 29th November 2017, we hosted an event for TGD people at the Rose Clinic in David Jones, Melbourne. TGD people attending the event were invited to provide feedback on the draft information sheet and provide further suggestions for barriers to breast/chest screening and TGD inclusive screening. Radiographers were on hand to answer questions.

Screening sessions

In early 2018 we started screening sessions for LGBTI people at the Rose Clinic. These after hours sessions are provided for LBTI people who feel more comfortable or safer attending an LBTI specific session and will be called ‘Rainbow Rose’ sessions.

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Photo by: Lisa White The Social Photographer

Sharing expertise

In April 2018, BreastScreen Victoria presented the TScreen project at the BreastScreen Australia National Conference in Adelaide.