The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP today released the findings of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Aged Care Strategy Review at a launch held in the head offices of Uniting.
Minister Wyatt commenced with an acknowledgement of the work of Samantha Edmonds, our own Silver Rainbow National Project Manager, for her work on the Strategy and the soon to be released Diversity Framework. Minister Wyatt noted his recognition of our shared commitment to LGBTI inclusive aged care by appointing Sam to the Aged Care Sector Committee in March this year.
“The review indicates that the Strategy initiated five years ago has had a positive effect but it is important to keep the momentum going and build on the success of this work,” Minister Wyatt said.
The Review notes substantial progress in aged care workforce training to support older LGBTI Australians, delivered through the National LGBTI Health alliance through our partners in each State and territory, and improved collaboration between the Government and the LGBTI sector.
The Government is also providing over $4 million (GST inclusive) to the National LGBTI Health Alliance over three years to continue to provide LGBTI Awareness Training to ageing and aged care providers and workers. In addition the funding enables us to continue our work providing national coordination and support activities promoting the well-being of LGBTI elders.
The Minister thanked the LGBTI Aged Care Strategy Working Group and applauded the contribution made by providers, peak bodies and individuals to ensure this review was comprehensive and provides a way forward.
The review has informed the development of the new Aged Care Diversity Framework, which the Minister expects to release next month.