Labor’s battle for access to hormone therapy in Wagga

PROUD PUSH: Tim Kurylowicz and the Wagga Labor branch lobbied for improved health services for LGBTI people at the latest state conference.
PROUD PUSH: Tim Kurylowicz and the Wagga Labor branch lobbied for improved health services for LGBTI people at the latest state conference.

TRANSGENDER individuals are having extreme difficulty accessing hormone replacement therapy in Wagga, according to Labor. 

Former federal election candidate Tim Kurylowicz has renewed a push for improved health care for those who identify as LGBTI in the Riverina.

The bid was supported by a majority at Labor’s state conference – meaning it will become a key policy if the party is elected in 2019’s state election. 

“Bottom line is if you’re transgender, it’s very hard to access hormone therapy in Wagga,” he said. 

"LGBTI Australians shouldn’t be disadvantaged because they live in a rural area like Wagga.

“We want the NSW Government to realise that gay people don’t just live in Darlinghurst.” 

Transgender individuals rely on supplemented estrogen hormones to allow their bodies to undertake physical change.

PFLAG representative Sarah Adcock welcomed Wagga Labor’s fight, revealing her own struggle in accessing hormone therapy. 

“I was pretty chuffed to see it get up and it shows what a force our local branch is,” she said.

“The relevant service providers here are either a bit reserved or just don’t understand – we need to break down the barriers.

“There are many who are disadvantaged.”