Training, resources and LGBTI ageing information

LGBTI inclusive practice

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

The LGBTI Inclusive Practice standards, which also provide the framework for Rainbow Tick accreditation, consist of six standards which services can utilise to demonstrate LGBTI inclusive practice and service delivery. These standards were developed by Rainbow Health Victoria.

The six standards

Services are assessed against six standards:

  1. Organisational capability
  2. Workforce development
  3. Consumer participation
  4. A welcoming and accessible organisation
  5. Disclosure and documentation
  6. Culturally safe and acceptable services

LGBTI - inclusive practice audit tool [PDF 148KB]

Service can utilise the LGBTI Inclusive Audit Tool to determine existing LGBTI inclusive practice and to identify gaps. This tool can assist services to develop a comprehensive plan for LGBTI inclusive service development and delivery. This can guide aged care service to work towards good practice and compliance with the Aged Care Quality Standards and LGBTI Action Plan (Aged Care Diversity Framework).

National Aged Care Diversity Framework [Link to download]

The Diversity Framework provides an overarching structure and guidance around diversity in aged care and includes a number of action plans (see following headings Actions to Support…). The Diversity Framework and the LGBTI Action Plans build on the first  National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Aged Care Strategy 2012 - 17.

Actions to Support LGBTI Elders: a Guide for Consumers [Link to download]

In conjunction with the National Aged Care Diversity Framework, this guide may help older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) to express their needs with aged care providers. It can also help people working in aged care to better understand and address LGBTI needs and experiences.

Actions to Support LGBTI Elders: a Guide for Aged Care Providers [Link to download]

Together with the National Diversity Framework, this action plan has been developed for aged care providers and outlines key actions for the development and delivery of LGBTI inclusive services for older people.

LGBTI Inclusive Language Guide [PDF 116KB]

This guide explains how to use language respectfully and inclusively when working with and referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex people. It's for Victorian public sector employees but can be useful for anyone.

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.rainbowhealthvic.org.au for information on the program.

LGBTI-inclusive risk management: providing cultural safety [PDF 1.1MB]

The LGBTI inclusive risk management guide can assist services to understand risk and provide LGBTI culturally safe services.

LGBTI-inclusive actions – Planning for Action resource [PDF 213KB]

The Val’s LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Planning for Action Resource provides aged care service providers with a range of considerations and achievable actions to help your service become LGBTI aware, welcoming and inclusive

Training

Val’s LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care provides a range of training packages to assist aged care service providers and services working with or supporting older people, to understand the experiences and needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) people, and develop their knowledge and capacity to be LGBTI welcoming and inclusive. Many older LGBTI people have lived through a history of extraordinary discrimination, social stigma and violence. These experiences have not only impacted their health, wellbeing, and visibility, but for many also created barriers to accessing health, care and support services.

The LGBTI aged care awareness training programs can provide a foundation for the development of LGBTI culturally safe and inclusive care and assist with understanding and meeting Aged Care Quality Standards requirements as they relate to this cohort.

The following training programs are provided:

Rainbows Don’t Fade with Age - LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Training (195 minutes – fee for service)

This training package will assist your organisation to build awareness around the experiences and needs of older LGBTI people and provide a stepping stone to understanding and implementing LGBTI inclusive practice in your service. The training is appropriate for a range of staff and roles across the ageing and aged care sector and includes interactive activities, presentations of LGBTI research, policy and legislation, case studies, educational videos and facilitated discussion.

Our trainers provide an environment for safe, accessible and open discussion to foster an understanding of the history and experiences of older LGBTI people and how these may impact their access to care and support services. We have experience in working with older people and within the aged care sector, and understand the range of service delivery models, care complexities and the range of staff providing support and care. We can assist staff and organisations to become LGBTI aware and provide an introduction to LGBTI inclusive practice. This program has been developed by Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, part of Rainbow Health Victoria.

Email us for the current flyer, find out more about this program or to tailor training to meet your needs: valslgbti@latrobe.edu.au

Rainbow Health Victoria Training packages

Rainbow Health Victoria provide a range of training programs and packages from LGBTI awareness training through to the How2 – a program to assist with the development of LGBTI inclusive practice including providing preparation and a strong foundation for Rainbow Tick accreditation.

Visit the Rainbow Health Victoria Website

For more information about any of the training available, and to talk to us about your professional development needs, call us on (03) 9479 8740 or email valslgbti@latrobe.edu.au

Research reports and articles

Darlington Statement: Joint consensus statement from the intersex community [PDF 2.86MB]

Joint statement by Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand intersex community organisations and independent advocates at the intersex community retreat in Darlington, March 2017.

Intersex Human Rights Australia: Intersex for allies [PDF 470KB]

Resource guide on being an ally to intersex people created by Intersex Human Rights Australia. Visit ihra.org.au/allies/ for more information.

National LGBTI aging and aged care conference program

The 3rd National Conference, a celebration of LGBTI ageing and the remarkable lives of older LGBTI people. It builds on the principles of social justice and diversity that have made the first two conferences such a success. This program runs through the events and talks held throughout the day and highlights some resources for those who both were and were not able to attend.

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). The first of the three resources is titled Trans Health and Ageing: A summary, the second is titled An evidence-based guide to inclusive services and the third is titled Gender is just a part of who I am - Stories from Trans Australians: Exploring the experiences and needs of trans people for health and aged care services

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, 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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