Silver Rainbow – LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training

The Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training Project is managed by the National LGBTI Heath Alliance and is being delivered collaboratively with project partners across every state and territory in Australia. It is funded by the Department of Health until June 2020.

Silver Rainbow training project partners can deliver training to aged care services, assessment teams, allied health services, and other stakeholders. The following organisations are responsible for delivering the training in their respective states and territories. For further information on Silver Rainbow training available in your state or territory, please select the relevant project partner below.

(Please note: To inquire about training packages other than Silver Rainbow, or customised training for your service, please complete the inquiry form here.)

Northern Territory

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Queensland AIDS Council

Australian Capital Territory


New South Wales 

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South Australia                                                                                     

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Western Australia


Further information

Training Objectives

  • Develop sustainable, appropriate and effective training model and structures (through train the trainer, face to face and on-line mechanisms) to facilitate delivery of high-quality LGBTI awareness training to the aged care sector
  • Create evidence-based training and resources that are accessible to a wide range of aged care providers in metro, regional and rural locations across Australia.
  • Increase the spread of aged care providers and stakeholders who incorporate LGBTI inclusive practise within their person-centred models of care
  • Ensure that a trained pool of LGBTI aged care champions are embedded and supported across a range of aged care facilities, to sustain positive change from within
  • Ensure that the training remains current and relevant within an evolving aged care sector and meets the needs of LGBTI older people.

A convenient online module is available to give staff an introduction to the core principles of working in an inclusive way with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) older people and elders. This training covers the basics and complements the face-to-face training that is also available through our state-based project partners.

This training is currently being updated and will be available from July 2018.

Please email to register your interest for completing this training when it is finalised.


Aged Care Service Champions

In order for change to be sustainable in services, Champions are required.  Champions are the people who ensure that inclusive practice principles are considered at many levels.  There are opportunities for inclusive practice in policy development, environment and celebration, accreditation, management processes, as well as the more obvious service delivery level.  The Silver Rainbow is looking for Champions in services across Australia, please contact us or your state based training provider (listed above) for more details.

Project History

In December 2012 the Australian Government released the first National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy. This Strategy, the first of its kind in the world, considers a number of goals including the need for training for Australia’s aged care workforce. The Strategy is available here

Under this Strategy, the Australian Department of Health provided funding to the National LGBTI Health Alliance to co-ordinate the delivery of a national training project in LGBTI awareness for the aged care sector.

The aim of this initial project was to deliver a national rollout of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) aged care awareness training to the aged care sector  other aged care health providers, accreditation assessors, and/or associated aged care staff.

Over the initial four-year implementation period, from 2013-2017, the Silver Rainbow training project partners ran 357 workshops throughout Australia with a total of 5,189 participants.

In July 2017, the National LGBTI Health Alliance received further funding until June 2020 under the Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Fund. This funding includes a review, update and expansion of the LGBTI Awareness Training modules, the development of new expansion modules, as well as continuation of stakeholder engagement and provision of support to state-based partner organisations delivering the training at a local level. 

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