Issue No. 3

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Unnecessary medical gatekeeping contributes to high levels of hopelessness within the trans community. As the demand for transition-related services in Aotearoa grows, Alex Ulrich explores how we may imagine new ways of ensuring safe access to care.

Towards the depathologisation of gender diversity

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The success of our medical treatments relies on individuals taking personal responsibility for their health but we rarely question our assumptions underlying this expectation. Helen Ker suggests that we need to diversify our working models of individual responsibility in order to achieve equitable health outcomes.

On personal responsibility in medicine

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No one seeks a doctor in victory. It is often the disruption of mind-body connectedness that generates the first manifestations of disease. It can be hard to reconcile this disruption within the hospital setting but it’s worthwhile Zénobie Cornille writes.

Unifying health narratives

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Sticky rice in Manila and we almost didn’t see the waiter fall, how he crawled a metre over grey and tattered lino, then lay gasping.

5 Poems

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Your parents hope that someone else’s child will die. That they will not be buckled in. Or that they will be outmanoeuvred by a riptide and suffocate in saline.

A new heart

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It is easier to fold a fitted sheet than to get help from the depression helpline.

Herakles

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My body in your hands feels like a punchline ,feels like a finish line, a cracked in half crunch line.

SEVEN GATES

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'I thought rather than writing a growly boring email, I’d try poetry to see if I could encourage a change in practice.'

Resus forms – please fill in – a haiku

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We drink to the good, self-denying doctor, drink to the end of winter, of frost, to the end of violence, drink deeply of sweetness, pinkness, health.

Then Dr Salk

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It was the sight of the crescent moon that dug semi-circle grooves into my forearms, not my fingernails as you assumed.

Things I didn’t tell you (for my psychiatrist)

Issue No. 2

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The home is an autobiographical and private space that maintains the body’s edges Samantha Dutton writes in her essay on the ways our bodies respond to their external environments.

Bodily affectivity and psychogeographic terrains: Ruptures of a stressed body

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Solely English interests initially motivated the transference of Western medicine to India — it was not driven by a desire to welcome Indian people into the fold of Western medical discovery, but rather to protect the health of English settlers, Rayhan Langdana explains.

The transference of Western medicine to India: a historical approach

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Dear medicine: sublime beauty, cherished friend;  how long now spurned by humanities and inducted into pantheon of sciences?

To Medicine

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Our minds and bodies are ever-changing landscapes that deserve to heal, Alex Ulrich explores the complexities of eating disorders, recovery and the role of gender in influencing the narratives we expect illness to take.

Gender and recovery

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Dr. Hinemoa Elder is a Māori child and adolescent psychiatrist specialising in youth forensics and the neuropsychiatry of traumatic brain injury. Helen Ker sat down with her to talk about her work and why cultural identity matters in medical practice.

In conversation with Dr Hinemoa Elder

Issue No. 1

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We hypochondriacs finger each other’s nodules like lovers, count spine-knots, freckles, calliper the bloat of our bellies. 

Hypochondria

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I went running in Griffith Park thinking of mountain lions, brain tumours and James Dean. I didn’t know it then but I was running away from the hills of Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Not standing upright there

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Like trespassers we cannot open the gate unless invited. And only this rejection can give us back, the vital signs surgeons recognise as life.

Francis it’s time we talked about the double helix

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The surgeon had red hair and a voice like wasabi. She told me a joke about the cardiologist who thought he was God. On a clipboard she noted my strained laughter.

Gristle

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After many circuits around the hospital grounds you find the detox clinic. You wheel your son’s suitcase up the narrow concrete path and he says he can wheel it himself but you can’t seem to let go so you walk side by side, the case bouncing behind.

Taking your son to the Detox clinic

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Despite the transgender community being overrepresented in homelessness and suicide statistics, our country’s lawmakers continue to dismiss an issue that desperately needs to be addressed: the need for safe and accessible healthcare for people of all genders.

Taking Transgender lives seriously