Joint Statement on Aged Care - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Joint Statement between LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and Australia’s Aged Care Sector

We affirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all older people in Australia, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTI) people.

It is everybody’s business − across all aged care services throughout Australia − to ensure that the rights and freedoms of LGBTI older people are upheld. This requires inclusive and respectful aged care services and practices that embrace the enormous diversity of LGBTI older people’s backgrounds, life experiences and individual characteristics.

A culture of affirming diversity and respect for every individual is a bedrock for protecting human rights, including in the provision of aged care services.

LGBTI older people require aged care that respects each individual as a whole person. The Australian Government and the aged care sector have identified LGBTI older people as one of ten special needs groups. We recognise that many people belong to more than one of these groups. In addition, for some, emotional and spiritual supports are just as essential to ongoing wellbeing. And importantly, the richness and diversity of life experiences of LGBTI people means they are not bound by geographic location – many live and seek care in both rural and metropolitan Australia.

The Commonwealth’s Aged Care Diversity Framework and its accompanying Action Plans serve as practical guides for aged care providers. They assist in meeting Standard One of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Standards – Consumer Dignity and Choice. In addition to the LGBTI Action Plan, there are Action Plans for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people… and these Plans highlight the intersection some people may have across these populations.

Some providers also have robust diversity and inclusion plans of their own that address treating all people with dignity and respect.

Given all people are inherently relational the values affirmed in this Joint Statement extend to family members (chosen or biological), partners, carers and visitors of LGBTI aged care consumers.

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Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA)
Allied Health Professions Australia
Occupational Therapy Australia
Uniting Care Australia
AAC Health Group Australia
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Meridian logo
Regis Healthcare
Homestyle Aged Care
Eldercare Australia Ltd
Multicultural Care
McLean Care
Silverchain House
Yallambee Traralgon Village
Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation
Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Inc
Akooramak Care of the Older Person
Thorne Harbour Health
Huon Regional Care
OneCare Limited


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ABOUT LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, (formerly the National LGBTI Health Alliance), is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities. Dropping the “+” from our name only occurs within digital formats that do not allow mathematical symbols, such as within our domain name, handles and hashtags.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community. We pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past and present.