Primary Care

Below are resources available to primary care teams and their clients. To see a resource, click open a tab below.

Primary Care Learning Pathway

Explore Trans Care BC's online learning courses designed for primary care providers in BC to increase knowledge about transgender health and develop the skills to provide gender-affirming care. All trainings are online and free.

Online trainings

Trans Care BC is pleased to have collaborated with UBC Continuing Professional Development (UBC-CPD) in releasing the Gender-Affirming Primary Care online training module. Open the link below to learn more.

Gender-Affirming Primary Care is a short online continuing medical education course designed for primary care providers in BC. By understanding trans and gender diverse health issues and considerations for care, you will then have knowledge and skills to implement the Gender-Affirming Framework to improve the care of gender diverse patients. The course also provides patient hand-outs and resources.

Designed in partnership by UBC CPD and Trans Care BC.


Accreditation: 1.5 Mainpro+

Target Audience: Primary Care Providers in BC and Canada

Course format: Available anytime and anywhere

Cost: Free

Support tools

Checkout this handy document that can quickly link you to various Trans Care BC education resources. Simply click on the resource you are interested in, and it will take you to it! 

Primary Care Toolkit

The Gender-affirming Care for Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diverse Patients in BC: A Primary Care Toolkit has been developed not as a standard of care but rather as a general guide to assist clinicians who are or may be taking on similar work.

The Primary Care Toolkit was developed by Trans Care BC in collaboration with its Primary Care Working Group, comprised of family physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses with expertise in trans care by virtue of the volumes of patients they have seen and the care they have managed.

These sexual health screening guidelines provide recommendations that are based on anatomy  (not gender) and are inclusive of gender-affirming surgeries and hormone therapy. It can also be found in “Appendix E” of Trans Care BC’s Primary Care Toolkit.

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Gender diverse people experience health inequities related to sexual health care and pelvic examination. Many patients report experiences of significant body dysphoria, physical and emotional discomfort during pelvic examination, inadequate screening and low service expectations. Primary care providers are well-positioned to address these health inequities by providing affirming and trauma-informed care to gender diverse patients.

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HIV PrEP is safe and effective.

While less studied in transgender people compared to cisgender men who have sex with men, HIV PrEP with Tenofovir and Emtricitabine (Truvada) appears to be a good option for gender diverse people at high risk for acquiring HIV.

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Gender-Affirming Patient Care in a Hospital Setting

Gender diverse people access hospitals and undergo medical and surgical procedures for a variety of reasons, just like the rest of the population. To ensure your patients have safer experiences and receive dignified care, prioritize safety and confidentiality by using the tips in this support tool.


Resources for your clients

Client-centered handouts are beneficial for helping people navigating care, exploring options for affirming their gender, and learning about related health and safety tips.

This handout offers information about binding, as well as health and safety tips.‎

This handout offers information about tucking, as well as health and safety tips.‎

This pamphlet offers information about intramuscular injections.‎


This pamphlet offers information about subcutaneous injections.


Available webinars

Click open the accorrdion sections below to view webinars presented by the Trans Care BC team.

Date: September, 2018

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(Image links to Youtube)

Date: June, 2018

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(Image links to Youtube)

Webinar slides:

Download slides here

Date: November, 2017

Webinar by UBC - Continuing Professional Development

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(Image links to UBC-CPD Network Recording Player)

Links to external resources

Rainbow Health Ontario (Canada)
National LGBT Health Education Center, Fenway Institue (USA)
UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (USA)

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