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#6 X Marks the Spot, Doc

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Hayden Moon — Photo: supplied

Whether you’re negotiating a medical certificate for time off work, or you’re back in the clinic every fortnight because this latest medication works a bit better than the last but you’re wondering if the dry mouth is worth it – you’ve been to a doctor. Maybe it’s been fine, maybe it’s been … less than fine. And if you’re not a white, cis-het able-bodied person with no history of mental illness, your experiences of the medical system could range from being excellent to being very bad indeed.

In this episode of Pill Pop, hosts Silvi and Izzie interview Hayden Moon about navigating the medical system as a chronically ill Brotherboy – and about the best and the worst they’ve seen in the medical system.

They’ve gone to the doctor for a cold, or because they’ve hurt their wrist – and the doctor asked them, “What’s it like … being a lesbian?”‘

Hayden Moon

Hayden Moon (he/they) is a Wiradjuri Brotherboy, PhD candidate, Pinnacle scholar and competitive Irish dancer. He has worked with the Trans and Gender Diverse Community Advisory Group (ACON), TransHub and Trans Action Warrang to ensure young trans and gender diverse people have the tools they need to navigate their transition and beyond.

Content warning: this episode includes discussions of transphobia, racism, severe physical and mental illness, hospitals, and medical trauma.

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In this episode

Hosted, produced and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin. PhD candidate, trans activist and Wiradjuri Brotherboy Hayden Moon is our guest.

Recorded at Studio 757, Melbourne and Silvi and Izzie’s respective home offices. This series is produced in partnership with the Wheeler Centre’s Signal Boost programme. Mentorship and production support from Bec Fary.

Music: ‘Dip Dop’ by Barrie Gledden; ‘Sad Marimba Planet’, ‘Thought Bubbles’ and ‘More on That Later’ by Lee Rosevere; Night In Venice by Kevin MacLeod under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Sound effects sourced from


A transcript of this episode will be available soon.

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