Silver Rainbow – LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

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Understanding and celebrating the diversity of genders, bodies, sexualities, and relationships of older Australians.

Silver Rainbow is delivering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) aged care awareness training to a broad range of staff working in ageing and aged care, students studying aged care and aged care assessment teams nationally. Silver Rainbow educates and informs service providers, policy makers, and L-G-B-T-I people and communities about changes to inclusive practice in the Australian aged care sector. Silver Rainbow is a national partnership between Alliance members in every state and territory.

By celebrating and embracing diverse genders, bodies, sexualities, and relationships, this combination of training and education will foster better health and wellbeing outcomes for older Australian’s.

The project consists of two key projects:

  • LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy

This project aims to educate and inform service providers, policy makers, LGBTI people and communities and the general community about changes to inclusive practice in the Australian aged care sector. We also monitor the roll out of the National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Strategy.

  • LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Awareness Training

This project is delivering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) aged care awareness training to a broad range of staff working in ageing and aged care, students studying aged care and aged care assessment teams nationally.

Project History

The ageing of the ‘baby-boomer’ generation and the expectation that demand for services will dramatically increase in the future, has inspired a greater focus on ageing and aged care in Australia. Until comparatively recently, there has been minimal examination and inclusion of the diverse genders, bodies, sexualities, and relationships of older Australian’s. The growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people accessing aged care services represents an emerging and potentially challenging area for aged care service providers.

The Australian Government developed the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy – having identified that the needs of our communities require particular attention due to experiences of discrimination and the limited recognition of our needs by service providers and in policy frameworks and accreditation processes.

Building on that strategy the National LGBTI Health Alliance was chosen to co-ordinate and administer an LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Project – Silver Rainbow.

Since its inception in 2007, the National LGBTI Health Alliance has included ageing and aged care as a priority issue in its work, including various submissions to Government. The final report of the Productivity Commission inquiry into aged care, Caring for Older Australians addressed the concerns of older LGBTI people in specific terms as a discrete group within the discussion of diversity issues.

At a meeting between the Alliance and then Minister for Mental Health and Ageing in August 2011, Minister Butler raised the idea of holding a discussion with the LGBTI community regarding aged care related issues and the Productivity Commission report. The Alliance did that in October 2011, convening Australia’s first National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care. The key recommendation of that Roundtable was the development of a national strategy.

Contacts:

Samantha Edmonds – Manager Ageing and Aged Care Projects
Samantha.edmonds@lgbtihealth.org.au

Ollie Hand – Ageing and Aged Care Projects Officer
Ollie.hand@lgbtihealth.org.au

Project Partners:

 GRAI GLHVQUACNTTGVUCTAS

 

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services
through the National LGBTI Health Alliance