New Zealand dental practice opens its doors to transgender patients
New Zealand’s dental association has opened its doors for transgender patients, after a five-year absence from the country.
Dentist Kingston said on Monday that the newly opened Kingston Clinic would treat transgendered patients who could not have access to their preferred gender, and would have a “dedicated gender-specific team”.
The clinic, which opened on July 1, has been described as the first in the country to provide the “medically necessary care” to transgender people.
The Kingston clinic opened its first clinic in New Zealand last November and the health authority said it would offer a range of services including gender confirmation surgery, hormone replacement therapy, oral surgery and hysterectomy.
The clinic is the first of its kind in New York, and has welcomed more than a thousand patients since its opening.
“It is an exciting moment for the country, for New Zealand, for the dental community and for the transgender community,” Kingston’s chief executive, David Daley, said in a statement.
Dental health care has been a priority of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government since she was elected in December.
The first minister also introduced the National Health Service Act, which will introduce an independent regulator of dental clinics.
In 2015, Kingston opened a second clinic in Auckland, which is now in its third year.