Transgender ward allocation in single-sex mental health wards: contemporary considerations
Objectives: Allocation of transgender patients to single-sex mental health wards in Australasia can be a complex and challenging decision in the absence of adequate awareness, education and policy that prioritize consumer safety and preference. It is a point of care that can go wrong for a transgender person. We examine relevant literature, law and existing principles of care and offer an approach.
Conclusion: Transgender individuals experience an excess health burden and have difficulties that are poorly understood by many health practitioners. This is partly the result of both informational and institutional biases. Relevant legal frameworks, while supportive, are still to be translated into policy. We suggest a framework that canvasses the needs of various stakeholders and considers them equally in the decision-making process.