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2nd National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Roundtable
In August 2013 the Alliance convened the 2nd National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Roundtable. It brought together policy makers, service providers, older adults, LGBTI people, and key organisations and gave them an opportunity to review the implementation of the National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Strategy and to feed this information back to government. Participants at the Roundtable were representative of each State and Territory and the diversity of LGBTI communities and the ageing and aged care sector. The Hon. Senator Dean Smith participated in the 2nd day of the Roundtable.
Participants identified issues in the areas of healthy ageing opportunities, needs and wants of older LGBTI people, including housing, health, mental health and other non-aged care sector services and discussed the progress of cultural change within the ageing and aged care sectors and initiatives to achieve support of LGBTI people within aged care. Recommendations covered:
- LGBTI Ageing and Housing – from Housing to Homing
- Getting Older: It’s not all about aged care
- Review of the National LGBTI AAC Strategy
- End of Life Decision Making
- Community Visitors Schemes and other Community Visitor Options
- Older LGBTI People and Mental Health
- Diversity within Diversity
- Report – S:\Alliance work areas and projects\Ageing and Aged Care\Roundtables\Roundtable 2014\Report\2nd National LGBTI AAC Roundtable Report.pdf
1st National Ageing and Aged Care Roundtable
Two fundamental issues underpinned the recommendations of the Roundtable.
First, the general invisibility of older LGBTI people within mainstream society and within LGBTI communities, including the widespread ignorance of their specific needs, histories and life experiences. Older LGBTI people are the experts on their own lives, experiences and needs.
Second, older LGBTI people’s experiences of prejudice and discrimination (which may include bullying, harassment, verbal, physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse) over the life course, from government, agencies, faith-based organisations, health providers, businesses, LGBTI communities, families, friends, and individuals. This includes a fear of prejudice and discrimination, which may or may not be warranted. These experiences cause older LGBTI people to: remain in or return to the closet; be reluctant to reveal their sexual orientation, their gender identity, history or experience, or their intersex status to government agencies and service providers; and be reluctant to make complaints when they experience prejudice or discrimination.