Gender Affirming Surgery

In Australia, the cost of most gender affirming surgery is not covered by Medicare. This means that surgery costs can be out of reach for most.

If you are facing financial difficulty covering gender affirming surgery, you are not alone. In fact, more than 1,000 Australians have launched fundraisers for gender affirming surgery, collectively raising over $900,000 for the community.

While it can be difficult to ask for help, asking family, friends, allies and your community to chip in could help ease the financial pressure.

Supporting the Trans and Gender Diverse Community

Here are some of the people in need of help to cover the costs of their gender affirming surgery.

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    “Experiencing gender dysphoria and going through the process of gender-affirming surgeries can be really emotionally and financially exhausting. Asking for help via the GoFundMe platform felt extremely vulnerable, but I’m so glad I did it. I was blown away by the number of people who wanted to support me and I ended up exceeding my fundraising target in just 6 days. It made the experience of getting gender-affirming surgery so much less stressful. Through my fundraising on GoFundMe I felt really held and supported by my community.”


    Sydney, NSW

    Need some extra support?

    Questioning your gender and experiencing gender dysphoria can take a real toll on your mental health. There are resources available if you need some support. ReachOut have compiled a list of services specifically for the LGBTIQ+ community needing some help with their mental health including services in every state and territory.

    If you are experiencing distress or would like urgent help, these helplines are available 24/7. Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline if you’re between 5-25 years of age on 1800 55 1800 or 13 YARN (13 92 76) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are having a tough time.

    QLife is a service run by and for the LGBTQI+ community is available 3pm to midnight everyday on 1800 184 527.