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Events


The 3rd National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Conference

GLHV, Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, and the conference committee invite you to join them in Melbourne, Australia – 5 and 6 October, 2017.

The Conference will explore how communities, governments, service providers and LGBTI people can work together to: Promote and provide healthy ageing pathways for LGBTI people, and; Ensure the needs of LGBTI people are understood, respected and addressed in Australia’s aged and disability care policies, programs and services.

 Click here to visit the conference website.

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5th National Elder Abuse Conference (5thNEAC)

Sydney on February 19 and 20, 2018 with a satellite community event scheduled for Sunday, February 18. Elder abuse affects at least 5% of Australians – that’s more than 175,000 people. By bringing together the community, frontline workers, researchers and academics, policy-makers and politicians, media and other professionals, we will make a change.

 Click here to visit the conference website.

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Resources


The Genders, Bodies, and Relationships Passport

A place to record important information about your gender, body, and relationships. Can be used in many settings to ensure that your care providers understand your needs and identities. Passport sized with PVC cover for privacy and discretion.

Available at no cost for individuals, and in packages for organisations.

 Click here to read more about the Genders, Bodies, and Relationships Passport.

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10 Questions to ask about LGBTI needs in residential aged care

This leaflet is part of a series written by nurses, doctors and experts with experience in aged care. The series aims to make your journey into residential aged care easier.

You may find these leaflets useful when:

  • Searching for a high quality residential aged
    care facility
  • Reviewing the quality of your current
    residential aged care facility
  • Deciding between two residential aged care
    facilities that appear similar.

 Click here to download this resource 

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Australian Government


LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Resources

For the implementation of the LGBTI Strategy, the Australian Government in partnership with various LGBTI advocacy and support agencies have developed a range of LGBTI specific ageing and aged care resources aimed at the LGBTI community, their loved ones, carers and aged care service providers. 

 More information

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Carers Gateway

Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.

 More information

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My Aged Care

The Australian Government’s My Aged Care phone line and website can give you information and help you access aged care services to support you.

Aged Care for LGBTI Elders – Getting started with My Aged Care
Aged care providers must make sure people of diverse gender, sexuality or who are intersex feel safe, included and respected.
 More information

Finding an LGBTI Inclusive Aged Care Package on the Service Finder
A factsheet covering the steps for LGBTI to find LGBTI inclusive Home Care Packages on the Service Finder.
 More information

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Community & Digital Visitor Schemes


LGBTI Digital Community Visitors Scheme (National)

Do you know or work with someone who is and older LGBTI person and experiencing social isolation?

This project provides LGBTI elders with a Virtual Community Visitor via Skype. Elders in the program receive up to one hour per fortnight of calls with an LGBTI peer.

All technology and training is provided as part of the program. The LGBTI Virtual Visitors Scheme is a partnership between Nundah Activity Centre and the National LGBTI Health Alliance Silver Rainbow (LGBTI inclusive ageing and aged care).

 Click here to download the information sheet for LGBTI Elders or contact – Lynda Wells – (07) 3266 4500 or 0428 035 175

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LGBTI Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) 

The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) uses volunteers to make regular visits to LGBTI elders who are socially isolated or are at risk of social isolation or loneliness.

CVS provides friendship and companionship by matching aged care recipients with volunteer visitors.

Any care recipient whose quality of life could be improved by the companionship of a regular community visitor can be referred to the CVS by: themselves; their aged care provider; a family member, or; a friend.

 More information

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ACON Community Visitors Scheme (New South Wales)

While loneliness and isolation can affect anyone’s mental health, the impact can be more severe for older people. Our Community Visitor Scheme is all about reducing social isolation of older LGBTI people by providing company and friendship of Volunteer Visitors.

The service operates in Sydney as well as the Hunter, Nepean, Illawarra and Central Coast regions.

 More information

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QuAC LGBTI Seniors Community Visitors Service (Queensland)

The service provided by QuAC supports clients to stay connected with others through having regular contact with their visitor for conversation, social support and/or outings. It operates alongside but not in place of other in-home care and support services that clients might receive or be looking to access.

The service is offered across the Brisbane, Sunshine and Gold Coast region

 More information

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SwitchBoard – Out & About – Community Visitors Scheme (Victoria)

Out & About is a free service for older people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI). As part of the National Community Visitors Scheme, our peer volunteers make regular visits to people who are receiving Home Care Packages or living in government funded residential aged care. We aim to build community connections and reduce isolation by chatting over a cuppa, watching a movie, participating in a hobby, game or any other enjoyable social activity.

 Check out our Out & About Information PackFAQ for requesting a visitor or FAQ for volunteers

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Umbrella Multicultural Community Care (Western Australia) 

Umbrella Inc. provides services to more than 500 seniors from 52 different countries in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region. We recognise each client’s specific needs and acknowledge gender, age, religious, interest and cultural background. We match support staff with each client so a client can receive high-quality care from the same staff member every time.

 More information

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Rainbow Connection (Victoria)

Rainbow Connection provides volunteers from the LGBTI community to support older people in their community. The support focuses on reducing social isolation, with services include home visits and outings to see a movie or for coffee and a chat.

Any member of the LGBTI community over the age of 55 may apply for support from Rainbow Connection, whether they are living in their own home or in an aged care facility. There is no charge for the service. Rainbow Connection also has vacancies for LGBTI volunteers who would like to work on the project. It is a great way to contribute to your community.

 For more information call (03) 9863 0426 or email support@vac.org.au.

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Services & Supports 


UnitingCommunities Bfriend (South Australia)

Bfriend offers mentoring, support, information and referral for people coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ), and their families. Bfriend supports men and women of all ages in South Australia who are newly identifying as same sex-attracted and people who are questioning their gender identity. The support Bfriend provides includes matching people, on a short-term basis, with a trained peer volunteer; facilitating groups with other newly-identifying people; workshops and training for service providers; and information and referrals.

  More information / Facebook Page

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Silver GSD Women

Silver GSD Women is the first website of its kind to provide older gender and sexually diverse (GSD) women in Australia with a place to find resources and connect with other women about health and wellbeing. On this website you can:

Participate in a private online forum which is password protected and viewable to members only. You can join teh forum to connect with other women to discuss your experiences of accessing services anonymously and without sharing your identity.

Connect to regularly updated resource pages where LGBTIQ-friendly and affirming health, social and aged care providers are listed. These resources provide information about safe(r) services who are working towards reducing social isolation and increasing GSD women’s engagement in their communities.

 More information

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Alice’s Garage

Alice’s Garage is a national project empowering LGBTI elders and promoting healthy LGBTI ageing in Australia. The project pays homage to Ms Alice Anderson who set up a Motor Service in 1920s Melbourne. Miss Anderson’s Motor Service had all female employees and empowered women with information and opportunities to learn more about driving and using a motor vehicle (read more here). Drawing on Alice’s principles of empowerment and opportunity, Alice’s Garage includes a blog for LGBTI elders and a number of projects focusing on LGBTI Ageing and Elders.

 More information

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Groups and Advocacy


Celebrate Ageing 

Celebrate Ageing is a National Program challenging ageism and building respect for older people. This self-funded Program was established in 2016 by Dr Catherine Barrett, a facilitator, capacity builder, researcher and artist with over 30 years experience working with older people.

The Celebrate Ageing program includes: The Tea Cosy Project (link); Dementia projects (Bigger Hearts, Small Acts of Love, The Museum of Love); The OPAL Institute (link); and Alice’s Garage (link).

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Older Persons Advocacy Network

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) is a network of organisations dedicated to improving the lives of  Australia’s older, and most vulnerable, people. These organisations work closely with each other, operating under the unified banner of OPAN, to ensure that those receiving government-funded residential and community services are informed, supported and have their voice heard.

The nine founding agencies of OPAN provide advocacy services, information and education to consumers – and potential consumers – of Commonwealth-funded aged care services. OPAN members are based in every state and territory and contact details for each are available from their site below.

 More information

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