Transgender health, community and experience in Indonesia: Teddy Cook in conversation with Dr Alegra Wolter

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Tuesday, 5 July 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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In Indonesia, trans and gender diverse people are highly stigmatised. In this environment, the specific health needs of transgender people in Indonesia are woefully underserved. Fortunately, transgender activists like Dr Alegra Wolter are working to change this. Dr Wolter is the first openly transgender doctor in Indonesia, and is known for her community work focusing on mental and sexual health campaigns, particularly within the spectrum sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). She has also worked extensively in HIV and women’s health. 

For this special In Conversation seminar, Dr Wolter is joined by Adjunct Lecturer with the Kirby Institute, Mr Teddy Cook, who is one of Australia’s fiercest advocates for trans and gender diverse people.

They will discuss the health, community, rights, and experiences of transgender people in Indonesia, and what can be done to support the progress that is so desperately needed.


Dr Alegra Wolter  

Dr Alegra Wolter
Head of Partnerships – Engagement, Docquity Indonesia; General Practitioner, Angsamerah Clinic; and Chair, Suara Kita Advisory Board

Alegra Wolter is a physician from Indonesia with diverse experience in medicine, community advocacy, health technology, research, and education. She currently works as the head of partnerships engagement at Docquity Indonesia, general practitioner at Angsamerah Clinic, and chairwoman of Suara Kita’s advisory board. Alegra was known publicly for her community work focusing on multiple mental and sexual health campaigns, particularly within the spectrum of SOGIESC, HIV, and women’s health. She is also a champion and advocate for transgender visibility and rights, and is Indonesia’s first openly transgender doctor.


For those who joined the talk and would like to contact Dr Wolter, please email her here: 

Mr Teddy Cook  

Mr Teddy Cook
Acting Director, Community Health, ACON and Adjunct Lecturer, Kirby Institute

Teddy Cook (he/him) has over 15 years’ experience in community health and non-government sectors. Joining ACON in 2012, Teddy is currently acting as Director, Community Health where he oversees client services, LGBTQ community health programs and Pride Training. Teddy specialises in community development, health promotion and program delivery, he also led the development of TransHub and establishment of ACON’s Trans Health Equity program. Teddy is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kirby Institute UNSW and he joins ACON’s senior leadership team as a proud queer man of trans experience.


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