Resources, reports and training

LGBTI inclusive practice

The Rainbow Tick Guide to LGBTI-Inclusive Practice [PDF 1.3MB]

The Rainbow Tick Guide to LGBTI-Inclusive Practice provides organisations and services with a comprehensive framework to build LGBTI inclusive practice. Utilise together with the LGBTI-inclusive practice audit tool.

LGBTI - inclusive practice audit tool [PDF 148KB]

The audit tool is built around the six Rainbow Tick Standards and used together with the Rainbow Tick Guide, can assist organisations to identity their LGBTI inclusive competency.

Inclusive Language Guide [PDF 380KB]

These comprehensive health information sheets developed by the National LGBTI Health Alliance outlines the importance of inclusive language that demonstrates respect for how people describe their own genders, bodies and relationships.

Beyond a rainbow sticker. A report the 2012-2013 program [PDF 864KB]

The report from the second How2 program. This highly effective and successful program builds the capacity of services and organisations to become LGBTI inclusive. See www.glhv.org.au for information on the program.

National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy [PDF 4MB]

The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy 2012-17 was developed by the Australian Government to inform the way the Australian Government supports the aged care sector to deliver care that is sensitive to and inclusive of the needs of LGBTI people, their families and carers.

Training

Val’s and GLHV provide a range of training and education opportunities for services and organisations including aged care service providers. Go to the GLHV website http://www.glhv.org.au/training for further information about training to meet your needs or contact us at Val’s for more information (03) 9479 8740.

Aged Care Channel LGBTI online training session

This online course outlines the provision of LGBTI appropriate and inclusive support. The course and learning resources is available for ACC valued members but you can register to receive via video on demand which can be viewed anytime, anywhere with anyone. Easy to register and watch on any internet enabled device like smartphone, iPad, Tablet, PC or Laptop.

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Research reports and articles

Culturally safe services for older LGBTI people [PDF 97KB]

Article on LGBTI inclusive practice and cultural safety.

Experiences and needs of LGBT people living with dementia [PDF 363KB]

We are still gay, is one of Australia's first evidenced based studies documenting the experiences and needs of LGBT Australians living with dementia. The resource outlines the key identified issues from the research and provides suggested strategies to help meet the needs of LGBT people living with dementia.

LGBTI carers and the carers of older LGBTI people [PDF 328KB]

Val's received funding from  the Department of Social Services to work in partnership with Carers Australia to document the experiences and needs of older LGBTI carers and the carers of older LGBTI people. Interviews and a survey form the basis of a resource that includes stories from carers and a guide to LGBTI inclusive services for carers on this server. Included here are the narrative resource and the guide.

Experiences and needs of LGBT Australians living with dementia, and their partners [PDF 215KB]

This article explores the experiences of LGBT Australians living with dementia and their partners, and their interactions with biological family and service providers.

There’s No Need to Straighten Up [PDF 5MB]

This study was commissioned by beyondblue and carried out by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, in collaboration with the Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University between 2012 -2013. It was undertaken in response to a growing body of research linking higher rates of depression, anxiety and related disorders among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex  (LGBTI) Australians to their experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination.

The needs of LGBT Australians with dementia [PDF 668KB]

Reports on the research project undertaken by Val’s with Alzheimer’s Australia in 2015.

LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

ACAS LGBTI inclusive guide sheets [PDF 532KB]

Val's & ACAS Victoria (Aged Care Assessment Services) Victoria developed these guide sheets to provide aged care assessment practitioners and staff with succinct information about the needs and experiences of older LGBTI people accessing services.

Trans Ageing & Aged Care Project [PDF 1.3MB]

These three resources were developed as part of a research project undertaken by Val’s in partnership with FTM Shed, Transgender Victoria and The Gender Centre (NSW).

Experiences and needs of LGBT people living with dementia [PDF 363KB]

We are still gay, is one of Australia's first evidenced based studies documenting the experiences and needs of LGBT Australians living with dementia. The resource outlines the key identified issues from the research and provides suggested strategies to help meet the needs of LGBT people living with dementia.

Social connection, relationships and older lesbian and gay people [PDF 376KB]

The paper presents data and information from a small-scale study study, and describes the importance of understanding social connections in the lives of older lesbians and gay men. It also highlights the need for inclusive services to ensure that social networks are supported and that health and well-being are promoted.

Exploring the experiences of GLBTI seniors in aged care services [PDF 363KB]

This 2008 report was the result of a study conducted by the Matrix Guild and Vintage Men exploring the experiences of older non-heterosexual people as recipients of aged care services and support for older people. This stage 1 report includes narratives if older LGBTI people and their experiences of aged care services.

Strategies towards the development of GLBTI friendly aged care services in Victoria [PDF 1MB]

This is the second report from the Matrix Guild Victoria and Vintage Men research project – My People. This report presents the experiences of aged care services providers regarding LGBTI- friendly aged care services in Victoria.

My Story, My People [PDF 415KB]

Stories about older gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people’s experiences of aged care. Extracts from the My People study.

LGBT Later in Life [PDF 286KB]

This report examines the findings from a survey of 1,050 heterosexual and 1,036 lesbian, gay and bisexual people over the age of 55 across Britain. The survey asked about experiences and expectations of getting older and examined personal support structures, family connections and living arrangements. It explored a range of issues regarding ageing, expectations and support and care needs.

Retirement accommodation and aged care issues for non-heterosexual populations [PDF 4.9MB]

This research report outlines Western Australian retirement and residential aged care service providers‘ practices and attitudes towards older GLBTI clients. This was used to help inform the development of  best practice guidelines for the industry with the aim of providing more GLBTI-inclusive services

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