LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Resources

Page last updated: 30 August 2017

For the implementation of the LGBTI Strategy, the Australian Government in partnership with various LGBTI advocacy and support agencies have developed a range of LGBTI specific ageing and aged care resources aimed at the LGBTI community, their loved ones, carers and aged care service providers. 

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Framework and Policy

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Consumer Factsheets and Resources

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Sector Factsheets and Resources

Other Departmental Sources for LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Information and Services

  • Advocacy Services - Advocacy services can represent you or your carer to protect and promote your rights and interests.
  • Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)  - CVS provides friendship and companionship by matching aged care recipients with volunteer visitors.  
  • My Aged Care Eligibility for diverse needs – My Aged Care is a website and a national contact centre (1800 200 422) that supports older people, their families, loved ones and carers to locate and gain access to aged care services.

External Sources for LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Information and Services

  • Alice's Garage - Alice’s Garage is a national project empowering LGBTI elders and promoting healthy LGBTI ageing in Australia.
  • Alzheimer's Australia LGBTI Resources - Resources developed to support the LGBTI communities and their loved ones with dementia. 
  • Carer Gateway – Information and practical tips developed to support carers and organisations that provide health-related programs and services for the LGBTI community.
  • Living Positive Victoria (Senior Voices Project) – The project addresses the challenging issues of HIV and ageing by educating aged care providers and their staff on the needs of senior people living with HIV and strengthens the resilience of senior people living with HIV.
  • LGBTI Inclusive Practice The Rainbow Tick - The Rainbow Tick consists of six standards against which services can be formally accredited to demonstrate LGBTI inclusive practice and service delivery.
  • National LGBTI Health Alliance - The national peak health body that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.
  • Opal Institute - The OPAL (Older People And SexuaLity) Institute develops resources, conducts research, disseminates information, empowers older people and service providers.
  • palliAGED – An information website to inform LGBTI people and the aged care sector on palliative care and advance care planning matters.
  • Sisters and Brothers NT – A Northern Territory based support group that provides a safe space for Sistergirls, Brotherboys, Indigenous and non-Indigenous LGBTIQ people.
  • Val's Cafe LGBTI resources – A Victoria based project seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people.

10 Questions to Ask about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex needs in Residential Aged Care

This leaflet is part of a series written by nurses, doctors and experts with experience in aged care. The series aims to make your journey into residential aged care easier. 

You may find these leaflets useful when:

  • Searching for a high quality residential aged care facility
  • Reviewing the quality of your current residential aged care facility
  • Deciding between two residential aged care facilities that appear similar.

Download 10 Questions to Ask about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex needs in Residential Aged Care

Look for other leaflets on questions to ask about specific care needs. These can be downloaded at 10 Questions to Ask

Suggestions and Feedback

Since the release of the LGBTI Strategy, there have been reforms in aged care placing a strong emphasis on the concepts of greater choice and control being put in the hands of the consumer and the aged care system being accessible, equitable and inclusive for all older people.

If you have any feedback or would like to suggest any LGBTI inclusive resources to be added to this LGBTI resources webpage, please email ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au.