LGBTI Aged Care Training

The National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Training Project
 
Project Features:
 
National: All states and territories
Innovative collaborative model: 10+ Organisations working together
Each partner is an essential part of the project: without whom the overall project would not be possible.
Funding: “Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through the National LGBTI Health Alliance”
 
Project history/narrative:
The ageing of the ‘baby-boomer’ generation and the expectation that demand for services will dramatically increase in the future, has inspired a greater focus on ageing and aged care in Australia.  Until comparatively recently, there has been minimal examination and inclusion of the needs of older Australians of diverse sexual orientation (lesbian, gay, bisexual), sex (intersex) or gender identity (transgender).
 
The Australian Government in the development and endorsement of the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy have identified that the needs of our communities require particular attention due to experiences of discrimination and the limited recognition of our needs by service providers and in policy frameworks and accreditation processes.
The growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people accessing aged care services represents an emerging and potentially challenging area for aged care service providers.  The combination of the Strategy with the Ageing and Aged Care Training Project are designed to enable better education, care and support for LGBTI people in aged care.  They are intended to help staff to understand any difference between their personal values or beliefs and appropriate and inclusive workplace behaviour and practice.
 
FREE LGBTI Aged Care Champion  Training for the Aged Care sector, supporting one champion in each aged care residential setting, day respite and community care service in 25 locations around the state, who will be the ‘go to’ person for staff support and organisational change regarding LGBTI issues. 
 
This one day training is designed to:
 

Explore who the LGBTI communities are

Reflect on our own feelings towards this population group

Gain a greater understanding of what it is like to life as a marginalised group in Australia today.

Reflects on the current legislation surrounding discrimination

Reviews the current policy framework for the aged care sector 

Reflects on the specific health issues facing our LGBTI seniors and how to cater to these needs

Introduces the concept of organisational inclusivity and also personal inclusivity

 
This training is very interactive with a range of activities and exercises, case studies and DVD footage to introduce and explore this topic in a safe and nonjudgmental way. The focus is on organisational inclusivity, not personal or faith based beliefs.
 
The Free LGBTI Champions Training will be rolled out from July 2014 until June 2015, If you are an aged care service that may be able to offer a venue or for further information on any of our services to support your service  please email Ricki Menzies at rmenzies@quac.org.au
 
To register for training please click here.