Why a joint statement? - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Why a joint statement?

LGBTI aged care recipients tell us they still experience discriminatory behaviours.

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s Silver Rainbow partners that provide training within aged care settings hear stories of discriminatory practices directed to LGBTIQ+ care recipients.

Lack of respect. Lack of inclusivity. These continued concerns need to be addressed.

LHA has developed this Joint Statement with aged care providers and their peak bodies to renew focus on the rights and needs of LGBTI older people.

The Joint Statement is a reminder that discriminatory practices and lack of inclusivity still occurs. Signing up to the statement allows providers to publicly signal their intention to move toward developing practices that ensure the care they provide for LGBTI older people is high quality, safe and appropriate.

The Aged Care Diversity Framework and the guide for Actions to Support LGBTI Elders remain important. While consulting on this joint statement, we heard feedback about the need to implemented diversity and inclusion in different ways in various settings and geographic locations. We heard providers talk of respect for the Diversity Framework while developing local, tailored systems to meet the needs of their staff and their residents.

Signing up to this Joint Statement provides a connection with LHA's Silver Rainbow program to access training and build the capacity of the aged care sector to provide quality care to older LGBTI people. It provides an opportunity to refocus on the Diversity Framework and Action Plans, which provide support for aged care providers to implement diversity and inclusion within their operations.



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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.
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