LGBTI Aged Care Strategy
The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP today released the findings of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Aged Care Strategy Review.
“The review indicates that the Strategy initiated five years ago has had a positive effect but it is important to keep the momentum going and build on the success of this work,” Mr Wyatt said.
“The Australian Government wants all senior Australians to access the services they need and expect as they get older – and recognising diversity is a key factor in meeting that expectation.”
The Review notes substantial progress in aged care workforce training to support older LGBTI Australians, and improved collaboration between the Government and the LGBTI sector.
The Government has implemented a range of programs to support older LGBTI Australians.
In funding rounds since the Strategy commenced, more than $8 million in grants has been allocated to grants that promote health and wellbeing for older people who are LGBTI.
The Government is also providing over $4 million (GST inclusive) to the National LGBTI Health Alliance over three years to provide LGBTI Awareness Training to ageing and aged care providers and workers.
The training will help aged care providers, facilities and stakeholders to be more LGBTI aware and sensitive, and incorporate LGBTI inclusive practices in their organisations.
“The review has informed the development of the new Aged Care Diversity Framework, which I expect to release next month,” Mr Wyatt said.
For more information about the LGBTI Aged Care Strategy Review, see the Department of Health’s website https://agedcare.health.gov.au/older-people-their-families-and-carers/people-from-diverse-backgrounds and the strategy at:
23 November 2017.