Health professionals’ views sought for survey on variations in sex characteristics

February 15, 2024

We are researchers from the University of Waikato – Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato and we are exploring health professionals’ experiences of working with people with variations in sex characteristics.

People with variations in sex characteristics make up approximately 2-4 per cent of the population. Various terms are used by people with variations and the professionals they work with to describe their condition and/or their identity. These terms include intersex, differences or disorders of sex development (DSD), and variations in sex characteristics.


Little is known about the education and experiences of professionals working with people with variation in sex characteristics, especially in Aotearoa New Zealand. Understanding professionals’ experiences and education in this area is likely to help improve the provision of services for people with variations.

We aim to disseminate findings from this research through journal articles and presentations. Findings may also be used to help develop continuing education and professional training.

We are interested in hearing from you if you are involved in this field and are:

  1. a counsellor, midwife, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, psychotherapist, or social worker, and/or
  2. an educator involved in the training and education of any of these professions, and
  3. you live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We’d like you to complete our survey, which is anonymous and takes approximately 10-15 minutes. You can see the survey here.

Shaye Woolford (research assistant)

Professor Katrina Roen (principal investigator)
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Dr Eileen Joy (associate investigator)
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