National Events

01 May 14

Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

The past four decades have seen significant legislative and policy reforms recognising the needs of older LGBTI Australians and New Zealanders. Beginning with the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the 1970-1990s to recent the development of a National Strategy on LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care in Australia. Despite these reforms, older LGBTI people continue to experience discrimination and report fear of aged care services.

Strategies to ensure person-centred, culturally safe services include shifting towards a Consumer-Directed Care (CDC) model. When applied to services for LGBTI older people, the CDC model has potential to address some of the unique needs encountered by older LGBTI people.

The webinar begins by providing an overview of definitions and demographics of LGBTI people. It will also provide a summary of the historical experiences of older LGBTI people that impacts on their health and wellbeing.

Stephen Neville will then highlight research from New Zealand which explored LGB people’s readiness to disclose their sexual orientation to service providers. The experiences of older LGB people will be described, demonstrating that heterosexism and homophobia needs to be addressed. Gávi will discuss:

  • Recent Australian aged care reforms
  • The shift towards consumer-directed care
  • The needs of older intersex, trans, and non-binary gender people
  • Guidelines to reduce transphobia, intersex exclusion, and cisgenderism (systems that invalidate people’s understanding of their genders and bodies)


In this webinar we will explore the needs of older LGBTI people, develop an understanding of the experiences of LGBTI people accessing services, and analyse strategies to develop LGBTI inclusive aged care services.

Hear from Leading Experts

Dr Catherine Barrett
Chief Investigator/Coordinator - Sexual Health and Ageing Program, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University

Dr Gávi Ansara
Senior Health Policy Officer, National LGBTI Health Alliance

Dr Stephen Neville
Senior Lecturer & Director Postgraduate Programmes, School of Nursing - Auckland, Massey University

Event Details

Due to overwhelming response, registrations are now closed for this session.

Event Date & Time: Thursday 1st May 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST

Registrations Open: 9th Apr 14 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 1st May 14 11:59 PM

Your Investment

Membe: FREE
NZAG Member: FREE
Non Member: $20.00

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  • Registrations are closed

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