The aged care minister has joined aged care workers in Perth this week to celebrate the launch of the new resource to improve aged care services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse and Intersex seniors.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt attended Hall and Prior’s Tuohy Nursing Home on Monday for an event to mark the release of the aged care diversity LGBTI action plan, which addresses the specific barriers and challenges LGBTI seniors face in accessing aged care services.
The plan, which is one of a series of action plans underpinning the Aged Care Diversity Framework launched in December 2017, aims to help aged care providers ensure services are culturally safe for all consumers and assist LGBTI seniors in expressing their needs when accessing services.
Mr Wyatt launched the LGBTI plan in Canberra on 14 February along with separate plans for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse groups and a shared plan for older people with generally diverse characteristics and life experience (read more here).
Minister Wyatt said the new plan would improve access to high-quality aged care services for LGBTI seniors.
“This piece of work brings together a reflection of the strive for equity, the striving for equality and the strive to ensure the needs of the LGBTI communities are recognised by aged care providers,” Minister Wyatt said at today’s event.
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 said.
The action plan was informed by a broad consultation process involving consumers, carers, providers and peak bodies to ensure the experiences of LGBTI seniors were captured, Mr Wyatt said.
“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,” he said.
The four plans were developed by the Aged Care Sector Diversity Sub-Group, which is developing another action plan for seniors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Access the Aged Care Diversity Framework action plans here.
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