LGBTI Inclusive Practices for Aged Care Services
By Jacqui Tibbits, Consultivation Director
I attended the first Community of Practice for LGBTI inclusion in Aged Care on Friday 22 July 2016. Initiated by GRAI, I attended with other representatives of the aged care sector including those from Brightwater, Umbrella, Alzheimer’s Australia and Bethanie Inc. along with fellow consultant Zoe Warwick of Concepts4Change.
As a collective we started to explore practices and environments of residential care, retirement living and in home support and agreed to aim for consistent, good quality LGBTI inclusive service across the aged care sector.
GRAI Chair, June Lowe, said: “It is exciting and heartening to see the progress and willingness within the aged care sector to be sensitive to the special needs of LGBTI elders. Within a very short time frame we have moved from the sector being largely unaware to enthusiastically changing their policies and practices to embrace LGBTI clients. Who would have thought that the aged care sector would be a place of cutting edge social change?”
Attendees of the first Community of Practice for LGBTI Inclusion in Aged Care from BL: Sandy Komen Brightwater, Jacqui Tibbits Consultivation, Terry Wratt Brightwater, Donna Harding Alzheimer’s Australia, Angela Lowe Brightwater, June Lowe GRAI, Zoe Warwick Concepts4Change, FL: Kerryn Monger Bethanie, Henny Biczi Umbrella, Blanca Milagro Umbrella, Sharyn Trent Alzheimer’s Australia, missing: Pam Mulholland GRAI. Source: GRAI
The Community of Practice will examine strategies to overcome challenging areas and will collect resources and research which will be valuable to promote and sustain inclusive practice. Membership of the Community of Practice is invited from aged care services already committed to LGBTI inclusivity and would like to help promote this journey within the aged care sector. Interested parties should contact GRAI Chair, June Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9436 3422.
If your organisation isn’t yet committed to LGBTI inclusivity but would like to be the GRAI website is a great starting point. GRAI is also calling for expressions of interest from aged care providers willing to participate in its fully funded 12 month program Right to Belong: creating an LGBTI inclusive aged care service commencing in 2017.
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