Roles & Functions
Roles & Functions
The Gender Centre Inc. is both an N.G.O. or a Non-Government Organisation funded in part by the N.S.W. Department of Human Services, Community Services under the Specialist Homelessnes Service program (SHS), and Sydney Local Area Health Service, and is an Incorporated Association.
The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities, which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices. We offer a wide range of services to people with gender issues, their partners, family members and friends in New South Wales. We are an accommodation and counselling service for our gender questioning clients from the age of 16 and up, we also act as an education, support, training and referral resource centre to other organisations and service providers. The Gender Centre is committed to educating the public and service providers about the needs of people with gender issues. We specifically aim to provide a high quality service, which acknowledges human rights and ensures respect and confidentiality.
Our Role in the Community
Transgender people are among the most marginalised in the community. As such, transgender people unfairly face many subsequent issues including higher rates of homelessness, unemployment, social isolation, prejudice and discrimination, family rejection and mental health issues.
With gender-identity being a fundamentally different concept to sexual orientation, other groups within the broader gay, lesbian and bisexual communities have fallen short of addressing the unique issues faced by transgender people and others with gender issues, and as such, since 1983, the Gender Centre, then known as Tiresias House, has undertaken to address these unique issues and also to educate those in the wider community about the needs, concerns and interests of people with gender issues.
We are committed to treating everyone with respect, our clients, partners and the broader community, and are also committed to serving and strengthening the transgender community. We aim to work with all partners whether government, private sector, community health and welfare and importantly the general community.
The Gender Centre is not a medical centre and as such we do not provide medical documents and/or medical care and we cannot make referrals to any medical services; we can, however, provide information regarding health care service providers for our clients to access independently. We do not give recommendations regarding particular service providers.
The Gender Centre also offers training, support and workshops to employers, service providers, students and other people interested in gender issues. Topics covered include implications for staff and clients in relation to anti-discrimination legislation and E.E.O. issues, workplace harassment and provision of goods and services as well as many personal aspects of the transgender process.
The Functions We Perform
The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities which enhance the abilities of people with gender issues to make informed choices. We are committed to assisting clients reach their full personal potential through the provision of psychological counselling services and programs and we are committed to achieving this with fairness and integrity.
The Gender Centre provides advocacy support for transgender and gender questioning people to help facilitate effective outcomes. The most common advocacy support provided is in dealings with the police when reporting a crime or being questioned in relation to a criminal matter, the Department of Housing to prevent evictions, Centrelink to establish payment of correct entitlements, aged care services to provide suitable supported care options and disability support programs to acquire suitable appliances and equipment for independent living.
We aim to provide a high quality counselling service which acknowledges human rights and ensures respect, dignity and confidentiality. It is of a particular concern to remove barriers to clients' achievements resulting from their gender, age, cultural and national background, socio-economic background or disability.
Our residential service provides temporary accommodation in a safe and supportive environment to transgender persons who are homeless, distressed or otherwise in need of accommodation. Case Management is also an integral part of our residential program and is provided to all residents in refuge accommodation to assist these clients to move through the refuge and into independent living. A case management service is also provided to community clients.
The Gender Centre's outreach service provides specialised case management and outreach to transgender people confined to hospital, correctional facilities within N.S.W., to all courts within the greater metropolitan area, and to all transgender street based sex workers in the metropolitan area of Sydney. The outreach education officer provides referrals to specialist medical, H.I.V./AIDS, education, legal, welfare, housing and other community services.
We also offer our gender questioning clients that are freely able to access the Gender Centre, a service that includes, workshops, support groups, outings and social events which are organised at regular intervals throughout the year.
The Gender Centre also produces a range of print and online resources on H.I.V./AIDS, medical and other information relevant to people with gender issues and their service providers. Information packages (kits) fact-sheets and other printed materials including "Polare". As part of the resources provided by the Gender Centre we have a library with an array of books and audio-visual material on the issues pertinent to gender questioning and transgender people available for loan free of charge.
The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities, which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices. We offer a wide range of services to people with gender issues, their partners, family members and friends in New South Wales. We are an accommodation service and also act as an education, support, training and referral resource centre to other organisations and service providers. The Gender Centre is committed to educating the public and service providers about the needs of people with gender issues. We specifically aim to provide a high quality service, which acknowledges human rights and ensures respect and confidentiality.