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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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Community & Digital Community Visitors Schemes


LGBTI DIGITAL COMMUNITY VISITORS SCHEME (NATIONAL)

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.

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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 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.

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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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Examples of LGBTI Inclusive Aged Care Providers

Please note that the organisations on this list are provided based on awards and accreditation received, and/or major LGBTI projects that they include. Inclusive practice is an ongoing cultural activity and we recommend considering each organisation carefully on it’s merits. 


ACH Group

Better Practice Award 2015 – Free to Be Project
The Free To Be project was a three year project that aims to build on the skills and knowledge of 1700 staff and 500 volunteers to deliver inclusive services for and with older people from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.

 More information

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Hall & Prior – Tuohy Nursing Home, Midland, WA

Better Practice Award 2015 – Transitioning a culture to support gender diversity
Utilising a multidisciplinary approach that involved education, training, and information, the home was able to operationalise an accepting and inclusive culture around gender and sexuality for all its residents, allowing the resident who now identified as a woman to feel that her transition was not only possible, but essential for her psycho-social health.

 More information

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Hepburn Health Aged Care, VIC

Rainbow Tick accredited.

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Lifeview Residential Care, VIC

Rainbow Tick accredited.

 More information

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Uniting 

Rainbow Tick accredited. Better Practice Award 2016 for Diversity.

 More information

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Resources & Reports


Alzheimer’s Australia

 LGBTI Resources

Alzheimer’s Australia is committed to providing inclusive and appropriate services, education and information that reflects the unique needs of LGBTI people living with dementia, and their families and carers.

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Australian Human Rights Commission

 Face the facts: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

An overview of what is known about LGBTI people in Australia with a focus on human rights. Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or because they are intersex. On 1 August 2013, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 was amended to make discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status against the law. 
 

 Addressing sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity discrimination: Consultation Report (2011)

In October 2010, the Commission launched a consultation regarding the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia. This consultation process sought views from affected individuals and organisations about the steps that they felt would provide better human rights protection for LGBTI people in Australia. This report summarises the broad range of views heard during the consultation.

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Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society 

 Private Lives 2 Report (2012)

The Second National Survey of the Health and Wellbeing of GLBT Australians. 

 A closer look at Private Lives 2 (2015)

Companion piece to the Private Lives 2 report. Focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBT Australians.

 An Extra Degree of Difficulty (2015)

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University partnered with Carers Australia to explore the experiences of older LGBTI carers and the carers of older LGBTI Australians. Evidence-based research was conducted, creating an evidence-based guide released in November 2015. An Extra Degree of Difficulty explores the experiences and needs of older LGBTI carers and of older LGBTI people. The resource includes practical strategies around supporting LGBTI carers. 

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Department of Health

 National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy

 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. 

 Video – LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness 

The department has developed a 24 minute educational video with the Aged Care Channel on LGBTI: Inclusion and Awareness for the aged care sector. This free video highlights LGBTI communities’ expectations for inclusive and safe services using: community testimonials; supporting policies; resources.

 

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National LGBTI Health Alliance

 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.

 National LGBTI Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy

A plan for strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and suicide, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities across Australia. This strategy includes recommendations across the breadth of approaches in Australian mental health work including promotion, prevention, intervention, treatment and maintenance. The purpose of the strategy is to respond to LGBTI people in current need, to provide interventions to those who are at risk, and to interrupt the structural factors that contribute to overrepresentation of LGBTI people in mental health and suicide statistics.

 Ageing & Aged Care Roundtables

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Accreditation


Rainbow Tick

The Rainbow Tick consists of six standards against which services can be formally accredited to demonstrate LGBTI inclusive practice and service delivery. Services can include the six standards as part of their cycle of service accreditation or can apply to do the Rainbow Tick as a stand-alone assessment subject to ongoing reassessment and quality review. Services that receive The Rainbow Tick will have the opportunity to be listed in a national register of LGBTI accredited organisations.

 More information from Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria /

 Accreditation Information

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Video Resources