‘Genders, Bodies and Relationships Passport: a new way to communicate’

The 49th Australian Association of Gerontology Conference will see the National LGBTI Health Alliance (“the Alliance”) officially presenting for use, the Genders, Bodies and Relationships Passport. The Passport is a tool to support clear communication between people and organisations on issues related to the person’s gender, body or relationships. Its aim is for people to access quality care and for organisations to achieve inclusive practice.

The Passport was developed in response to requests from individuals as well as organisations’, states Rebecca Reynolds, Executive Director of the Alliance, ‘Individuals were facing situations where their needs in relation to their gender or body were not being met, or where they found it difficult to speak about their needs. Organisations were struggling with ways in asking about sensitive information in a respectful and inclusive way’.

The Passport is a simple user friendly tool that covers important information such as gendered language preferences, medical and personal care and end of life care.

The passport is available to anyone who wishes to ensure that their genders, bodies and relationships are respected in their interactions with aged, health and social care services. It was developed specifically to support the following groups:

  • Intersex, trans, and gender diverse people.
  • Health and social care services that wish to ensure inclusive care and the best possible health outcomes for intersex, trans, and gender diverse people.

The Passport and the project behind it will be presented on the 2 November 2016, at 1.10pm in the Plenary Theatre, at the National Convention and Exhibition Centre, Canberra.

The Passport is available from:  http://lgbtihealth.org.au/passport/

For Further information: Contact Rebecca Reynolds, Executive Director, 02 8568 1123