Knowledge Hub category: Silver Rainbow

Summary: Recommendations made to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Between October 2019 and January 2020, The National LGBTI Health Alliance (The Alliance) made three submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. These three submissions used material gathered from a series of consultations with LGBTI elders, their family, friends and carers in a number of locations around the country, as well as input from online surveys from our members and the broader community.  

The cover image of the consultation report

Aged Care Diversity Framework, Consultation Report

Tasked by the Aged Care Sector Committee’s Diversity Sub Group Silver Rainbow consulted broadly around Australia with LGBTI older people, elders, carers, families, loved ones and organisations to develop Actions to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Divers and Intersex elders (Action Plan). This report focuses on the consultation process that informed the Action Plan (

Rainbow Ageing Papers: Now Published

Rainbow Ageing is a national research project that aims to provide new data on the health and well-being of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Australians, led by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council and involves four partner organisations, including the National LGBTI Health Alliance, COTA Australia, SANE Australia, and Carers Australia.

3rd National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

  Thirty-five delegates attended the 3rd National Roundtable and the collective wisdom produced some clear directions for the Alliance to work towards in the ageing and aged care space. This report highlights the key recommendations from the workshops on the Royal Commission into Aged Care and the Roundtable Objectives.

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.