Australian Association of Gerontology 2016 Conference – Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Re-Imagining our Future –

National Convention Centre, Canberra

2 – 4 November

Join us at the Nation’s capital on the 2nd to 4th November for the 2016 AAG Conference. “Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Re-imagining Our Future”. This conference will bring together inspirational keynotes and over 200 speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who will share their experiences, research and knowledge.  

AAG’s conference provides a forum to reflect on and re-imagine the incredible potential of our ageing society, now and into the future. It seeks to describe and imagine ways in which we can best support and enhance health and well-being. It will seek to encourage debate on the nature of our society and the importance of ageing within it. It demonstrate how ground-breaking research and evidence-based policy can harness the great value of our diverse and ageing population for the benefit of all. 

Older LGBTI Australia Masterclass

This year’s conference will once again have a pre-conference workshop – Older LGBTI Australia Masterclass – on Tuesday 1st November, 2016 9:00am to 1:00pm hosted by AAG’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) special interest group and presented by Dr Catherine Barrett Director of Celebrate Ageing Director of The OPAL Institute.

There is an opportunity for LGBTI Australians to ask: what do we know? And what more do we need to know? Applying the broad lens of Australia’s national survey (Older Australia at a Glance) provides a new framework for understanding older LGBTI Australians. This MasterClass explores the characteristics and circumstances of older LGBTI Australians. It describes each subgroup in the LGBTI collective and outlines four key topics of interest such as:

  1. The changing demographic profile
  2. Social and economic context including: providing care; community and civic participation; social participation; housing and wealth
  3. Health and functioning including: ageing and health risk factors; disability; dementia and mental health
  4. The use of health and aged care services including: care needs and sources of care; aged care assessment; home services and residential aged care.

This innovative approach will explore what is known and what must be known by drawing on Australian and international research. Participants will be provided with a broad understanding of the issues for older LGBTI Australians and the implications for LGBTI inclusive services. The workshop will focus around a workbook which participants are invited to utilise as a resource for their workplace. This MasterClass will be of interest and value to service providers, policy makers, researchers.

Silver Rainbow and Launch of the National LGBTI Health Alliance Genders, Bodies and Relationships Passport

Samantha Edmonds, from the National LGBTI Health Alliance will be presenting on the Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow.

The presentation will examine inclusion in terms of gender, bodies, relationships and sexuality and will encourage participants to reflect critically on their own, and their workplace, attitudes toward LGBTI people and what inclusive professional practice looks like on a day to day basis.

In addition, the Alliance will officially launch the Genders, Bodies and Relationships Passport. The passport is available to anyone who wishes to ensure that their genders, bodies, and relationships are respected in their interactions with 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.

See you at the AAG conference, your one stop shop to connect with a diverse and talented group, as well as your chance to meet new colleagues, foster collaborations and make new friends.

Click here to view the program and to register