The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy (the LGBTI Strategy) was released by the Australian government in December 2012, as part of a wider aged care reform process designed to increase sector accountability and consumer information, choice and control. It was designed to inform the way the Government supports the aged care sector to deliver care that is sensitive to and inclusive of the needs of LGBTI people, their families and carers. The LGBTI Strategy was given a five-year implementation time frame.
This report reviews the actions undertaken to implement the principles and goals of the LGBTI Strategy and considers the success of the LGBTI Strategy – and opportunities for improvement – from the perspectives of stakeholders.
Stakeholders were strongly supportive of the principles and goals of the LGBTI Strategy. They considered the LGBTI Strategy has played an important role in raising awareness and visibility of issues relating to LGBTI-inclusive aged care, and that the sector (for the most part) is open to the shift towards increased LGBTI inclusion. However, perceptions of the extent to which improved awareness has led to tangible changes in service provision were mixed.