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Seniors Who Identify as LGBTI: Support in Aged Care

2 June 2016

Thursday 2 June 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that:—

(a)           17 May 2016 was International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia; and

(b)           each year the Day is celebrated with The Dorothies Awards, given to organisations and services recognised for their inclusiveness, with an individual theme introduced for each award year; seniors being the theme for 2016.

(2)           Congratulates:—

(a)           Working it Out for organising awards ceremonies, and Manor One-Care at Kings Meadows for hosting the awards in Launceston, to mark the occasion and to raise awareness about issues faced by seniors moving into aged care facilities and who identify as   Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI); and

(b)           Glenview Community Services and Uniting AgeWell on being awarded a Dorothy for their work in implementing inclusive services.

(3)           Recognises that:—

(a)           although statistical information is often difficult to collect for this section of the community, around 11% of Australians identify as LGBTI;

(b)           the Healthy Communities organisation report that 65% of people who identify as LGBTI are concerned their sexuality or gender identity would negatively affect the quality of aged care services; and

(c)           the number of Australians aged over 65 is expected to increase to over 6 million, or an estimated 25% of the population, over the next 25 years, and that Tasmania has the highest percentage of people aged over 65 in the Country.

(4)           Acknowledges the important work undertaken by organisations such as National LGBTI Health Alliance and their Silver Rainbow LGBTI-inclusive ageing and aged-care initiative which delivers awareness in aged care by way of training to a broad range of staff working in the sector.

(5)           Encourages the Hodgman Liberal Government to provide sufficient training and resources to the aged care sector in Tasmania to ensure our LGBTI community can expect to reside in an inclusive and caring environment in later life.