Click Here to read the Federal Governments LGBTI Ageing Strategy
LGBT Seniors Community Visiting Service
A new pilot project is under way at Healthy Communities linking trained volunteer visitors with isolated or housebound LGBT seniors who want to stay linked in with their community.
Register to be Matched with a Visitor
If you would like to register to have a volunteer matched to visit you or someone you know, please contact Ann Matson at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3017 1763.
Find out more about registering to be matched with a volunteer visitor. Click here
Suncare Community Services Inc - LGBTI Carer Support
The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) Brisbane North Metro and Sunshine Coast provides a wide range of Information and Community linking connections, including short term and flexible respite supports to assist LGBTI family and community members who provide care to someone in their own home who may be frail aged or have dementia, have a disability, a mental health condition, or who have palliative care needs.
The LGBTI Carer Support provides people who identify as LGBTI with qualified workers to support the per-son they care for in the comfort of their own home or in a community setting. You may identify as a LGBTI Carer OR you may be caring for someone who identifies as LGBTI to be eligible to access support.
Carer Support is on a short term or episodic basis. Support may be for a few hours or over the course of a few weeks, depending on the carers needs.
This flexible service primarily assists :
- Carers and supportive family/friends to take a well de-served break from their caring responsibilities
- In emergency situations, such as a health crisis or an unex-pected event, providing short term assistance.
- In accessing counselling and referral support
To register please call:
Sheryn O’Grady - Brisbane North on 07 3256 8033
Paul Zeeland - Sunshine Coast on 07 5409 5900
COMMONWEALTH RESPITE & CARELINK CENTRE 24 Hour Freecall™ *1800 052 222
The LGBTI Carer Support Service is inclusive, non-judgemental and respects the confidence of all persons who access the service.
Care Connect provides aged care packages specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) older adults from South East Queensland.
These aged care packages include:
- Community Aged Care Package (CACP)
- Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH)
- Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD).
CACP, EACH and EACHD packages offer a plan of support and care for older people who have care needs and who are living at home. All packages are individually coordinated and help older adults remain active in their communities.
Care Connect offers LGBTI-specific CACP, EACH and EACHD packages in the following localities: Brisbane, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Pine Rivers, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich West Moreton and Gold Coast.
Care Connect works in close partnership with Healthy Communities (formerly QAHC, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities). Healthy Communities is the leading LGBT community organisation in Queensland.
For more infomrmation visit their website, or call Care Connect.
Phone: 07 3867 2200
LGBT Seniors' Groups
Ageing in Diversity Action Group
Ageing in Diversity Action Groups are meeting in Brisbane, on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and Townsville and Cairns. These groups are facilitated by the Healthy Communities program, part of the Queensland AIDS Council.
LGBTI senior community members, their family, friends and carers are encouraged to come along and share insights with service providers in the Aged Care sector such as:
· The needs of older LGBTI people
· How to involve LGBTI older people in aged care services and representative structures
· Assisting aged care services to be inclusive in their policies and procedures
· And to participate in the development of LGBTI specific projects (e.g. Seniors Expos) and promoting services among LGBTI seniors.
Workers in the aged care sector who are keen to facilitate change are also welcome to attend.
To register your interest or for more information, contact Gai Lemon (Ageing in Diversity Health Promotion Officer - Brisbane) on 07 3017 1732 or email@example.com
LGBTI Legal Service
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex Legal Service Inc is a newly established non-profit and unfunded community-based legal service which began service provision on July 7th, 2010. The service seeks to assist Queensland LGBTI communities to gain access to justice through the provision of legal and social welfare services. We will also be offering community legal education activities in order to increase awareness of legal rights and responsibilities for LGBTI communities in Queensland and will be actively involved in advocating for law reform and human rights.
The LGBTI Legal Service Inc has been established by and continues to be overseen by a management committee of individuals representing the diverse communities under the LGBTI banner.
The LGBTI Legal Service operates from space generously supplied by the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities www.qahc.org.auand they can be contacted at:
Address: 30 Helen Street
Teneriffe QLD 4006
Phone: 0401 936 232
The drop-in service will be operating on Wednesday nights from 6pm. Clients arriving after 7:30 cannot be accepted.
Mature Aged Men
A social club for gay men and their admirers. Meet at the Sportsman Hotel
the last Saturday of the month all year round at 4.30pm.
Older Wiser Lesbians (OWLS)
Social group for Lesbians aged 35 and over, situated in Brisbane.
Information, Research and Current Issues
Ageing Issues for older LGBT Australians
Older LGBT people are not all the same, there are generational differences within this diverse group. Those who grew up pre gay liberation have endured a lifetime of having been vilified as 'sinners' by the church, 'criminals' in law, and pathologised by medicine. Consequently, this group experiences ageing differently and has distinct needs compared to the baby boomer cohort which is now approaching retirement. After a number of decades of social progress, this cohort has lived openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. However, the current invisibility of LGBT issues in government ageing policies and the aged care sector in general means that older LGBT Australians do not now and will not in the future have access to adequate support and care to address their health and wellbeing needs. For many, getting older means an increased fear of being "outed" after a lifetime of avoiding disclosure, or a fear of being sent back into the closet to avoid facing discrimination at a particularly vulnerable time in their lives. This information is provided courtesy of LGBT Health website.
Dementia, Lesbians and Gay Men
Alzheimer's Australia - Living with dementia
Paper 15 October 2009
Alzheimer’s Australia, ACON – Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) health and HIV/AIDS organisation – and Aged and
Community Services Association of NSW & ACT are pleased to announce the new
discussion paper, ‘Dementia, Lesbian and Gay Men’ which was launched by the Hon. Michael
Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, on Thursday 19 November 2009.
Alzheimer’s Australia’s discussion paper, ‘Dementia, Lesbian and Gay Men’, provides
practical advice on the issues many lesbians and gay men with dementia and their carers
may face. In addition, it is a valuable resource for practitioners working in health care and