The University of Toronto’s Health & Wellness Centre is a place where students can go for all of their health-care needs. It is a place where every student, no matter how they identify across the gender spectrum, is welcomed and cared for with dignity, respect and confidence.

The team at Health & Wellness is constantly working to enrich the quality of care and access for its patients. A trans health working group that includes family physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists meets regularly and is committed to learning and sharing the newest medical information.

Trans and genderfluid students have had a difficult history and many experience roadblocks within the health-care system. The team at the Health & Wellness Centre acknowledges this troubling fact and is working very hard to create a safe and welcoming space for all students across the gender spectrum.

In the summer of 2015, a full-day training session on trans health care was held by the Health & Wellness Centre to ensure that every team member was fully prepared to give trans and non-binary students the attention they require, understanding that each individual is unique and has specific needs.

“As a family physician, it is my role to serve all my patients to the best of my ability, and this is no less true for my patients along the gender spectrum,” says Dr. Sarah Warden, Physician at Health & Wellness Centre. “Many of these [trans] patients have previously received suboptimal care in the health-care system for many reasons, and I am passionate about ensuring that they have the best care possible at this crucial time in their lives. I am proud to help provide medical, surgical and psychosocial care to help my patients realize their own self-worth and personal value in a safe and supportive environment.”

The Health & Wellness Centre’s team is also connected with Rainbow Health Ontario for updated information on medical and surgical care, and affiliated with Women’s College Hospital, where new endeavours in surgical care for the gender-fluid population are happening every day.

“It’s so important for students to know that they are welcome in our space,” says Janine Robb, Executive Director of the Health & Wellness Centre. “Our team works hard to give customized and holistic care that meets the needs of each and every student – and that includes trans and gender-fluid individuals. We are committed to understanding the needs of our unique patients, and we will continue to learn and grow with them.”

For more information about the Health & Wellness Centre, visit healthandwellness.utoronto.ca. If you have any questions or concerns about the care you have received, please contact janine.robb@utoronto.ca.