As part of the Older Australians from Diverse Backgrounds stream of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, the Government announced consultation with groups representing people from diverse backgrounds to assess the requirement for the development of further tools and/or strategies to support their needs in aged care.
Some older Australians with diverse needs find it difficult to access aged care information and services that are sensitive to their backgrounds and circumstances. The Government is committed to ensuring people from diverse backgrounds can access aged care services that are specific to their care needs.
The Strategy will help inform the way Government responds to the needs of older LGBTI people and better support the aged care sector to deliver care that is sensitive and appropriate.
The Government recognises the importance of strong stakeholder consultation processes and in developing the Strategy, funded a series of national public consultations. This was aimed to gather detailed feedback on the draft Strategy and to highlight any emerging issues and themes to inform the direction of the Strategy.
Consultation sessions were coordinated by the National LGBTI Health Alliance and held in all capital cities and a number of regional centres including Newcastle, Lismore, Cairns, Alice Springs and Shepparton. The Department facilitated further consultation by inviting the public to comment on the draft Strategy via the Department’s website.
The Department looks forward to the implementation of this Strategy and its initiatives which will benefit older LGBTI people into the future.