Thousands receive LGBTI inclusive aged-care training
Over 2200 people working in the aged-care sector have now received LGBTI inclusive training thanks to a nationwide scheme aimed to make aged-care services more inclusive and welcoming of the LGBTI community.
The scheme has been delivered by project partners in all States and Territories across Australia. The training aims to make aged-care services more inclusive and empowering, and to increase access, equity, quality, and capacity in line with the Federal Government’s National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy.
The National LGBTI Health Alliance reports more than 2200 staff from aged-care services have now received the training.
Whilst conducting the training, a number of issues were identified in regards to course content and structure and gaps in LGBTI age care factors were revealed.
In light of these gaps, the ‘Silver Rainbow’ training partners came together in Sydney last month to review the LGBTI-inclusive aged care training materials, and to discuss ideas for future action by the Alliance in the ageing and aged care sector.
Feedback was prioritised, draft summaries have been written and circulated, and many of the items of feedback are already being actioned. A number of initiatives are being explored, this includes condensed training, a Virtual Visitors scheme, implementing the champions’ model, and mandatory LGBTI competence for accreditation.