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Corey Irlam, Cota Australia: Consumer perspective on the LGBTI ageing and aged care experience

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Corey Irlam, Principal Policy Officer – Aged Care Reform, COTA Australia delivered this presentation at the 2013 LGBTI Aged Care Forum. The two day event offers a platform for discussion on national …

Corey Irlam, Principal Policy Officer – Aged Care Reform, COTA Australia delivered this presentation at the 2013 LGBTI Aged Care Forum. The two day event offers a platform for discussion on national policy issues, mental and physical health and implementing sensitive quality care and service delivery.

The forum brings together LGBTI community leaders plus senior researchers on LGBTI issues in the aged and health care sectors, to share perspectives on good practice insights for real needs as well as strategies to build community and sector capacity. For more information about the event, please visit the conference website: http://www.informa.com.au//lgbtiagedcare

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  • 1. Consumer perspective on the LGBTI ageing and aged care experience Corey Irlam, Principal Policy Officer – Aged Care Reform, COTA Australia LGBTI AGED CARE FORUM 13th June 2013 SYDNEY HARBOUR MARRIOTT
  • 2. OVERVIEW • National LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Strategy – Coming out of the closet • Living Longer Living Better Reforms • Sector response to LGBTI • Future work to do • Questions & Answers
  • 3. I know I will aut arcieni hictemporit Cepre dereperum never be happy, ent omnis nos archica boreiur acesed mi, si optatio nsedignatio omnime cum but I know I can be gay! venihil ignissunt hitem undunto totat lis maximperunto moloratur reius, sundisciet Marilyn Monroe harit, quid ut quam ulles erio qui omniaep udante nossecu ptassim olorepre nulpario eos volesed icimpos asperunt.
  • 4. LGBTI STRATEGY • Special Needs Status • Aged Care Discrimination – facts and fear • Various programs & projects (ACSIHAG) • Community Visitors Scheme
  • 5. LGBTI STRATEGY Principles in LGBTI Strategy: 1. Inclusion (rights and needs of LGBTI people) 2. Empowerment 3. Access & equity 4. Quality 5. Capacity-Building
  • 6. Being gay and being a woman has one big thing in common, which is that we Ceprebecome invisible after the age of 42. both dereperum aut arcieni hictemporit ent omnis nos archica boreiur acesed mi, si optatio nsedignatio omnime cum Who wants a gay 50-year-old? venihil ignissunt hitem undunto totat lis maximperunto moloratur reius, sundisciet No one, let me tell you. harit, quid ut quam ulles erio qui omniaep Rupert Everett udante nossecu ptassim olorepre nulpario eos volesed icimpos asperunt.
  • 7. COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET • Some aged care residents may remain hidden and others may elect to identify their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status • Strategy provides increased visibility of older LGBTI people within an aged care setting
  • 8. LIVING LONGER LIVING BETTER • Consumer Directed Care • empowers consumers to be more actively involved in decision making • alters power dynamic between provider & consumer • assists LGBTI consumers in ensuring they receive high quality appropriate services and care
  • 9. The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven'taut arcieni hictemporit eighty changed in seventy or Cepre dereperum ent omnis nos archica boreiur acesed mi, years. si optatio nsedignatio omnime cum Your body changes, but you don't change venihil ignissunt hitem undunto totat lis at all. maximperunto moloratur reius, sundisciet And quid ut quam causes great confusion. harit,that, of course,ulles erio qui omniaep udante nossecu ptassim olorepre nulpario eos volesed icimpos asperunt. ~Doris Lessing
  • 10. SECTOR RESPONSE TO LGBTI ISSUES • Very positive – Sector wants to provide high quality care • Various organisations have promoted their LGBTI inclusive policies • Some have begun to identify themselves as a specific provider
  • 11. SECTOR RESPONSE TO LGBTI ISSUES • Moving beyond… • 'But it's none of my business'; • 'This is people's private business' and • 'It's only their needs that matter, just treat people the same, don't ask or think about sexuality.’ • into beginning to discuss it as a holistic part of who the client is, their history and life experiences.
  • 12. The things that make me different Cepre dereperum aut arcieni hictemporit ent omnis nos archica boreiur acesed mi, are the things that make me si optatio nsedignatio omnime cum venihil ignissunt hitem undunto totat lis maximperunto moloratur reius, sundisciet A.A. Milne harit, quid ut quam ulles erio qui omniaep udante nossecu ptassim olorepre nulpario eos volesed icimpos asperunt.
  • 13. FUTURE WORK • Roll out of $2.5M National Training • Identifying LGBTI people in ageing research (eg SDAC) • Ensuring LGBTI inclusive standards • Ensuring LGBTI appropriate language assessment, information & referrral (My Aged Care Website & Gateway) • Challenge for LGBTI community to address ageism within its ranks
  • 14. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS • Thankyou Later questions: cirlam@cota.org.au 03 9909 7909 / 0401 738 996

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