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Senior LecturerRona Carroll image 2021

Background and interests

Dr Rona Carroll is a GP working in youth health and a senior lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. Rona has been working clinically in youth health since 2012 and has interests in sexual health, mental health, transgender healthcare and primary care HIV PrEP prescribing. Rona's clinical work is mainly in gender affirming healthcare and she is keen to improve access in primary care and help educate health professionals in this area. She has formed transgender health peer support groups locally and nationally. Rona is a member of WPATH and PATHA and is on the PATHA education committee.

Teaching activities



  • Co-convenor GENA 702 Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Research activities

Rona's research activities are in medical student education and confidence in providing care to LGBTQIA+ patients, improving primary health care access for rainbow youth and various aspects of gender affirming healthcare and hormone therapy.


Jones, L., Carroll, R., Parker, G., Steers, D., Ormandy, J., & Filoche, S. (2023). Developing a transgender and non-binary inclusive obstetrics and gynaecology undergraduate medical curriculum in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Where are we at, and where do we need to be? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13746

Veale, J. F., Bullock, J. J., Byrne, J. L., Clunie, M., Hamilton, T., Horton, J., … Withey-Rila, C., … Carroll, R. (2023). PATHA's vision for transgender healthcare under the current health reforms. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1574), 24-31. Retrieved from

Carroll, R., Tan, K. K. H., Ker, A., Byrne, J. L., & Veale, J. F. (2023). Uptake, experiences and barriers to cervical screening for trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13674

Carroll, R., Morgan, S. J., Ker, A., Garrett, S. M., Rose, S. B., Gardiner, T., & McKinlay, E. M. (2023). "It was a very awkward consultation because I didn't know": General practice staff experiences and challenges in providing healthcare to gender and sexual minority youth in Aotearoa New Zealand. Family Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmad024

Carroll, R., Rose, S. B., Garrett, S. M., & Gray, L. (2023). Fifth year medical students' education, confidence and learning needs related to healthcare provision for sexual and gender minority patients: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Primary Health Care, 15(2), 122-127. doi: 10.1071/HC22082

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