About The Conference

GLHV, Val's LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, and the conference committee invite you to be part of the 3rd National lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Conference, in Melbourne, Australia - 5 and 6 October, 2017.

This year's conference explores the ways in which aged and disability services can acknowledge the rich and challenging histories and changing lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and deliver truly LGBTI inclusive services.

Over both days, older LGBTI people and those who care for them will come together with aged and disability experts and service providers to share experiences and ideas, talk policy and practice, and connect over the common goal of promoting and achieving healthy pathways for older LGBTI people.

The Conference will explore how communities, governments, service providers and LGBTI people can work together to:

  • Promote and provide healthy ageing pathways for LGBTI people
  • Ensure the needs of LGBTI people are understood, respected and addressed in Australia's aged and disability care policies, programs and services.

The conference promises to be an informative and exciting event so be sure to register early and secure your place.

With the resounding successes of the previous LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conferences, the 2017 Conference is sure to fill early.

Attractive early bird and group discount rates are available.

Conference hosts

The Conference will be hosted by GLHV’s ageing program, Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, both part of the Sexual Health and Ageing Program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. Val’s aims to promote and improve the health, wellbeing and visibility of older LGBTI Australians. Since it was established in 2009 Val’s membership has grown to over 700 individuals and organisations. The Conference will be held in partnership with a range of key national LGBTI and aged care organisations including:

  • All the Queens Men – Coming Back Out Ball
  • Carers Victoria
  • Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
  • Living Positive Victoria
  • National LGBTI Health Alliance
  • Victorian AIDS Council
  • Older LGBTI community representatives

The conference promises to be an informative and exciting event. With the resounding successes of the previous LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conferences, the 2017 Conference is sure to attract a broad range of health and human services professionals and organisations.

Program - Keynotes (Confirmed)

The exciting array of key note and invited speakers already confirmed include:

  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Noel C Tovey AM, gay man, dancer, actor, choreographer, director and educator recipient of Australia Medal for "a significant input into the performing arts, helping Indigenous performers, an Advocate for the LGBTI community"
  • Ro Allen, Victoria’s Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Emeritus Professor Dennis Altman AM, Professorial Fellow in Human Security, La Trobe University
  • Bob Linscott, Assistant Director - LGBT Aging Project at The Fenway Institute in Boston, USA and part of the award-winning film Gen Silent
  • Emeritus Professor Anne Mitchell AO, Founding member of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, and previous Director of GLHV
  • Dr Catherine Barrett, facilitator, capacity builder, researcher and artist with over 30 year’s experience working with older people. Catherine is the director of Celebrating Ageing
  • Brenda Appleton, trans woman and educator for Transgender Victoria delivering LGBTI sensitivity training for aged care services in Victoria, and part of the Safeguarding the End of the Rainbow Project.

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