Strategies for LGBT Aged Care discussed at roundtable

Strategies for LGBT Aged Care discussed at roundtable

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:15

The 2nd National Roundtable on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care kicked off in Sydney today.

Convened by the National LGBTI Health Alliance, the roundtable gives policy makers, service providers, older adults, LGBTI people, and key organisations an opportunity to review the implementation of the National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Strategy and to feed information back to government as to how well the strategies are working in the community.

“In addition participants will identify healthy ageing opportunities, needs and wants of older LGBTI people, including housing, health, mental health and other non-aged care sector services and discuss the progress of cultural change within the ageing and aged care sectors and initiatives to achieve support of LGBTI people within aged care” said Rebecca Reynolds, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Senator Dean Smith will attend the second day of the Roundtable (August 13)  to hear about the outcomes from day one and discuss what the sector and the Government can do to act on these recommendations.

According to the National LGBTI Health Allaince outcomes of this Roundtable will ensure that national efforts to provide safe and inclusive aged care services are cohesive and able to best realize the potential of the Strategy.


Comments (1)

  • Jo Harrison

    13 August 2014 at 00:02 |
    Unfortunately the image accompanying this story is reinforcing the most appalling stereotypes about LGBTI elders. It shows the backs of these men, so their faces cannot be seen, and is in no way an image that could in any way be related to the positive action taken by LGBTI elders themselves in Australia in relation to their own experience and rights. It demeans LGBTI elders themselves and renders those with lived experience expertise barely visible and faceless. It does not draw on an image of known elders who have spoken up in public forums across Australia and shown their faces, their political acumen and their history of activism, including in relation to ageing issues, publicly, in order to bring about change and influence policy. The LGBTI aged care response in Australia is too focused on non-elders and mostly excludes those with lived experience from meetings, boards, committees, decision making forums, and conferences, or sets fees and charges and other circumstances that make it almost impossible for elders to control the solutions to their own issues, and be peer educators themselves rather than being the talked 'about' in situations with few or no elders in the room. It is time for this to change. It is also essential that Indigenous and CALD elders are always present when issues around ageing and diversity are discussed, so that their input is not option but compulsory. 'Involvement' and 'consultation' are not self-determination or the development of solutions based on lived experience expertise. We need to seriously demonstrate a commitment to elders controlling and informing their own circumstances and futures. This image does exactly the opposite and that is seriously disappointing. cheers Dr Jo Harrison


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