Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive BreastScreening/Chest Care (Tscreen) is a project being undertaken by BreastScreen Victoria to ensure their services are inclusive of Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) people. BreastScreen Victoria hope to apply for Rainbow Tick Accreditation in 2018. This project also complies with the recommendations by the Victorian Government that Trans and Gender Diverse people receive age appropriate screening. The Tscreen project sits alongside the Beautiful Women Campaign and includes the following:
- Expert Advisory Group
- Community survey
- Policy and information sheet
- Community consultation
- Rainbow Rose – screening session
- Sharing expertise.
1. 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.
2. Community Survey
There is currently limited information available on breast screening and chest care for TGD people. To address this, gap BreastScreen Victoria has reviewed the research and also 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 and knowledge – and suggestions for TGD inclusive screening. Thank you to the 34 people who completed the survey. A brief report on the survey results will be available in early 2018.
3. Policy & information booklet
There is currently limited information available on breast screening and chest care for TGD people. To address this, gap BreastScreen Victoria is currently undertaking a review of the research evidence. This review (and the results of the survey) 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.
4. Community Consultation
On 29th November, BreastScreen Victoria 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 any further suggestions for barriers to breast/chest screening and TGD inclusive screening. BreastScreen Victoria’s radiographers were there to answer questions.
Lisa White (The Social Photographer) was also there and took these wonderful photos below. Thank you to every who came – your suggestions were so useful. A short report will be shared on this page soon.
We also produced a short video from the event with messages from Brenda Appleton from TransGender Victoria, Dr Ruth McNair, Ro Allen and BreastScreen Victoria’s State Radiographer Monique Warrilow and CEO Vicki Pridmore.
5. Rainbow Rose
In early 2018 BreastScreen Victoria will commence screening sessions for LBTI 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.
6. Sharing Expertise
In April 2018 BreastScreen Victoria will be presenting the Tscreen project at the BreastScreen Australia National Conference in Adelaide. These presentations aim to influence the development of TGD inclusive services in other states and territories.
If you would like more information on any aspect of the project please contact:
- BreastScreen Victoria: Maura Connelly on (03) 9660 6863 or email@example.com
- Project coordinator: Catherine Barrett on 0429 582 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the media
Thank you to the journalists who have covered this project – we greatly appreciate you helping to get the word out.