EQUINOX Gender Diverse Health Service

Equinox Gender Diverse Health Service offers bulk billing General Practice services  and low cost counselling to the trans and gender diverse community.  We see a need for a safe, inclusive space for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people to access quality general practitioner services. We want to create this space with the community, to help reduce the barriers to the health and well being that TGD people deserve.

Who:

Dr Nick Silberstein joined the Equinox team in December 2016.  Nick is an experienced General Practitioner who has worked with  members of the TGD community throughout his career.  He has a special interest in HIV/Sexual Health, trans health, contraception (Mirena/Implanon) and hormone implants. Nick speaks French and Spanish and has previously worked in the UK. He has taken up various positions working in a variety of countries responding to public health issues with Medecines Sans Frontiers. Nick works at Equinox on Wednesdays.

Dr Susi Fox joined the Equinox team in October 2017.  She is an experienced General Practitioner with a special  interest in mental health, antenatal care, women’s health, LGBTTIQ health, contraception (Mirena and Implanon insertion), medical termination and autism spectrum disorder. Susi has been working as a general practitioner in regional Victoria for the last 10 years.  She is a GP Examiner for the RACGP and a RAMUS medical student mentor. Susi works at Equinox one day per week.

Dr Adam Brownhill joined the Equinox team in October 2017. Adam trained as a General Practitioner in the UK and moved to Australia in 2013 where he  developed a special interest in Aboriginal Health.  He shares his work time between Equinox and the Urapuntja Health Service in Utopia, Northern Territory.   In 2015 he was awarded Northern Territory General Practitioner of the year, having received a commendation the year before. He was also the senior clinician of the team that received the Chronic Disease Network Primary Healthcare team of the year award in 2015.  In 2016 Adam gained a further Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice from the RACGP. Adam has been involved in medical education for over a decade across a broad range of professions. Clinically his interests are broad and include, but are not limited to, Trans health, Men’s health, chronic disease, mental health- particularly stress, sports medicine and paediatrics. Adam is also an Examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Michelle Dutton joined the Equinox team in November 2017. She has worked  as a General Practitioner at Northside Clinic for 3 years. She is passionate about many aspects of general practice, in particular mental health and trans health. She enjoys working with people to help them discover what helps them to feel healthy and to flourish, and how they can best achieve this. Michelle works at Equinox on Mondays.

Grace Lee provides counselling to TGD clients at Equinox.  Grace is a part of the VAC counselling services team and has considerable experience working with the TGD community.  Grace has a Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and has undertaken research to support counsellors working with trans and gender diverse clients.  Grace has worked in private practice and at Northside Clinic in Fitzroy, and is currently a practitioner at Queerspace at Drummond Street  Services, Carlton.  Grace is a registered provisional member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Grace works with individual adult clients from earliest gender questioning through to supporting those wishing to transition, and beyond.

Our reception team, Gabe, Carla and Amao are all members of the TGD community and understand the issues that impact the health and well being of TGD people.

What: Pauline and Nick provide GP services to the TGD community at, Equinox.  We understand that there is a need for a safe, friendly, trans-affirmative space where all aspects of your general health care can be attended to.  We currently provide all aspects of general healthcare including mental health support, sexual health, hormone management  and PrEP services.  As we grow we intend to add additional services in consultation with the community.

When:  General Practice services operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 3.30pm and alternating Fridays 9am – 12.30pm.  Counselling services operate on Thursdays.  The PRONTO! Rapid HIV  and STI Testing and PrEP services start later in the afternoon, so the space is available for Equinox Gender Diverse Health Service use before that time.

Where: Equinox is at 175 Rose Street in Fitzroy.

How: Bookings can be made on our online booking system at the top of this page or by calling 03) 9416 2889. The phones are open from 9am – 8pm Monday and Thursday, 4pm and 8pm Tuesday and Wednesday, alternating Fridays between 9am –  12.30pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am–2.30pm.

(03) 9416 2889 

 

Fees: The General Practice service operates as a bulk billing clinic. This means that all current Medicare Card holders will be bulk billed for all medical consultations. Patients without Medicare Cards (or expired cards) will be charged the Medicare Rebate Fee and payment will be expected on the day of service. Any pathology service fees are set and billed by the pathology lab companies. Most pathology services will be bulk billed, however some may incur a fee. We will always advise you if this is the case and we encourage you to ask if you have any concerns.

Counselling services are not Medicare rebate-able and are charged on a sliding fee scale based on client’s income and need.  Counselling assessment appointments have no cost associated and any ongoing fees can be discussed at that time.

If you have any feedback or questions, please email the Program Manager, Peter Locke on peter.locke@vac.org.au

If you have any questions about broader Trans and Gender Diverse Programs at VAC contact Jeremy Wiggins on jeremy.wiggins@vac.org.au, he is the Trans Health Lead at VAC

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EQUINOX is a service of VAC