Knowledge Hub category: Silver Rainbow

The Rainbow Makers, cultural safety and older LGBTI Australians.

The Rainbow Makers

This narrative based resource traces the journey of Malloy, an older lesbian ,as she navigates her way through the experience of discrimination by an aged care service provider. It highlights the importance of culturally safe aged care services and the power of aged care service providers to make a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) elders and older people.

Cycle of invisibility model - a wheel with multiple blue circles, showing a process of exclusion for LGBTI people

Cycle of Invisibility

The cycle of invisibility is a simple model for understanding exclusion at an individual/service level and broader systemic level, as it applies to and is experienced by L, G, B, T & I people.

Aged Care Inclusive Service Poster

This poster is designed to be used by aged care service providers to let consumers know their service is inclusive of LGBTI peoples. Photo by Jodie Barker at the 2018 Health in Difference Conference.

Tango Project Report

The Tango Project was launched in 2017 by Dr Catherine Barrett, Director of Alice’s Garage.
The aim of the project is to address the difficulties (including abuse and discrimination) that
LGBTI elders face on the basis of their LGBTI identities.
The project is supported by a group of LGBTI Elders (pictured above) and a Project Advisory
Group of eight Commissioners and Regulators. This document provides a brief overview of the
first 12 months of the project from Jan – December 2017.

respect my decisions: IT’S MY RIGHT!

This booklet was developed as a resource to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI1) people understand the legal rights and options that they and their partners/close friends have in relation to end of life care and treatment.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Dementia FrameWork

This document provides a framework that seeks to build on the six goals of the Australian
Government (then) Department of Health and Ageing’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy
(2012) to provide equity, acknowledgement, responsiveness and person centred support to
LGBTI people with dementia and their carers, partners, friends and relatives.

Aged Care Diversity Framework

The Framework is a high-level document that provides guidance to service providers, consumers, government and peak bodies on how to adequately address the specific needs of all people with diverse characteristics and life experiences.

The design of the Framework ensures that Aged Care embraces diversity and is truly inclusive of all people. The Framework follows on from the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy which completed in June 2017. The initial Strategy was developed with key recommendations from the National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, formed of LGBTI organisations and community leaders. In the review of the Strategy, respondents strongly stated that the goals should continue in future aged care reforms, such as the Aged Care Diversity Framework which launched on Dec 6, 2017 by the Hon Minister Ken Wyatt in Canberra.

LGBTI Aged Care Training Final Evaluation Report 2016

The National LGBTI Health Alliance implemented a national workforce training program to build the skills of the aged care workforce to provide inclusive, accessible and appropriate care to older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The project was funded over a three year period from July 2013 to June 2016 with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. Further funding was provided to enable a 12 month project extension. This evaluation focuses on the initial three year contract period.

Evaluation Report on the Silver Rainbow Champions Training

The Silver Rainbow Project at the National LGBTI Health Alliance has implemented a Champions
Program to promote LGBTI inclusive practice in the aged care sector. The Silver Rainbow Project is
funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.