Penelope Strauss

Subiaco, Western Australia

Public health researcher

During her Master of Public Health, Penelope launched Trans Pathways – the largest study of transgender (trans) youth ever conducted in Australia. It focused on the mental health and access to health services of 859 young participants, as well as challenges such as discrimination, bullying and homelessness. The horrific revelation that almost half of the young participants had attempted suicide drove Penelope to dedicate her career to this issue. She is currently completing her PhD and this grant will help the Telethon Kids Institute researcher discover what helped young trans people through their periods of depression and suicidal thoughts, in the hope their experiences will guide the development of an intervention program.