26 February 2019

LGBTI Action Plan Launches

Caring for LGBTI Seniors was in the spotlight this week when Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt launched the LGBTI Action Plan at Touhy Aged Care Home in Midland.

The Minister joined Hall & Prior CEO Graeme Prior at the home this week to celebrate diversity and highlight the need for a fresh approach when caring for LGBTI seniors in the home or in an aged care facility.

The Action Plan addresses the specific barriers and challenges LGBTI seniors face in accessing aged care services.

It is one of a series of action plans underpinning the Aged Care Diversity framework which was launched in December 2017, and aims to help aged care providers ensure services are culturally safe for all consumers and assist LGBTI seniors in expressing their needs.

"This plan is very important to us; we know that many LGBTI people have faced discrimination and isolation their whole lives," Mr Prior said.

"We listened to LGBTI people in the community who have shared their stories and experiences with us, we listened to experts in this field, and most importantly, we listened to the individuals who call Tuohy home.

"By listening with respect, and promoting choice and control for each person’s care, we are giving people back their power."

Minister Wyatt said the plan was part of a bigger picture that would continue to strive for equality.

“This piece of work brings together a reflection of the strive to ensure the needs of the LGBTI communities are recognised by aged care providers,” Minister Wyatt said.

The resource will assist people working in aged care, doctors, nurses, support staff and allied health workers to understand the perspectives of LGBTI seniors.

“I want LGBTI people to have the same opportunities and options in aged care which are available to all Australians,” Mr Wyatt added.

“Everyone in Australia has the right to access quality, inclusive and culturally safe aged care services that cater to their individual needs and respect their background and life experiences."

 White Oak is part of the Hall & Prior Group.