This week on the weekly news round-up for the 14th Global Conference on Ageing, the IFA is spotlighting Samantha Edmonds (Silver Rainbow/National LGBTI Health Alliance) and Pauline Crameri (Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University), who will be presenting their abstract “The Rainbow Connection – LGBTI Inclusive Aged Care” at the 14th Global Conference!

Abstract Summary: Research on lesbian, gay , bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) ageing continually identifies that LGBTI elders have experienced a lifetime of prejudice and discrimination (which may include bullying, harassment, verbal, physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse), from government, agencies, faith-based organisations, health providers, businesses, LGBTI communities, families, friends, and individuals. This includes a fear of prejudice and discrimination, based on past both their experience and the experience of others. These experiences impact on many LGBTI elders knowledge of, willingness or ability to access the range of aged care supports available.

This workshop will discuss who L,G,B,T and I peoples are and the issues that affect these distinct populations, and why we need to address their genders, bodies, relationships, and/or sexuality differently. It will demonstrate why we need to move from ‘but we treat everyone the same” to “how can we meet each person’s individual needs”, particularly in the age of person centred care. It will explore the learnings we have gained on what makes an aged care service culturally safe for each group.

This session will engage participants in how to respond to the unique needs of each of LGBTI peoples, reflect critically on their own practices, and plan genuinely inclusive services that meet the distinct, and sometimes overlapping needs, of each group. It will provide practical examples and models of how aged care services and the sector can genuinely respond in a way that is inclusive of this diversity.

samantha edmonds
Samantha Edmonds
pauline crameri
Pauline Crameri











To learn more about Silver Rainbow, please click here.

Reminder: The deadline for abstract submission is 1 December 2017!

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