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Accessing Gender Affirming Surgery in BC: How do the WPATH Standards of Care Affect You?

Presented by: Dr. Gail Knudson MD, MPE, FRCPC & Dr. Marria Townsend, MD, CCFP

In 2012, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) published new Standards of Care (Version 7) to guide practice for those working with trans and gender variant clients in a range of disciplines. These standards of care are currently being implemented in parts of B.C. and will include some changes to the process and principles of care around medical transition, including surgeries.

In September 2013, the THIP partnered with VCH Prism, WPATH and VCH Transgender Primary Care services to present the following education session, focused on how the new WPATH Standards of Care 7 affect access to gender affirming surgery and the informed consent model of medical care. An overview of the standards of care were provided and explored how they are being gradually adopted by health professionals and the Ministry of Health in B.C. This session focused on the standards of care as they relate to adults (over 17).

Key questions:

What do these standards  mean for your care?

How can you navigate this often confusing system?

Has the “Real Life Experience” requirement really changed?

What do I need to know to access surgery and other gender affirming care?

How can I begin to prepare for the process of “assessment”/surgical care planning?


Note: When on the video page, be sure to click on the “Show more” to view a chapter index that will make it easy to navigate the video.