The Federal Government has pledged equal access to high-quality, culturally appropriate aged care for all Bundaberg Region seniors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI).
More than one in 10 senior Australians have diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex characteristics.
The Government this week released the Aged Care Diversity Action Plan for senior LGBTI Australians to help address the specific barriers and challenges they face in accessing aged care services.
“The plan will help guide providers to ensure their services are inclusive and culturally safe for all consumers in their care,” Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said.
“The plan is also intended to help senior LGBTI people express their needs when speaking with aged care providers.”
Valuable resource for health workers
Mr Wyatt said people working in aged care — doctors, nurses, support staff and allied health workers — would find it a valuable resource to understand the perspectives of LGBTI people.
“This plan has been informed by a broad consultation process with consumers, carers, providers and peak bodies to capture the voice and experiences of senior LGBTI people,” he said.
“I want LGBTI people have the same opportunities and options in aged care which are available to all Australians.
“By providing culturally safe and inclusive services, providers will build confidence among senior LGBTI people, their carers, families, and allies.
“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.”