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LGBTI Ageing Research Position Paper Project
AAG is developing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing Research Position Paper that will analyse research and identify the policy implications for LGBTI ageing and aged care. We aim to complete the paper by 30 June 2018.
By 'LGBTI ageing research' we mean research that is related to the process of growing old, the experiences of those typically categorised as older, and the delivery of services or other resources (e.g. informal care) to older people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex, and those who might describe themselves in different ways (e.g. gender diverse, queer or two-spirit).
- The Commonwealth Government's 'LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy' (which expired on 30 June 2017) identified LGBTI ageing research as one of six key priorities.
- The Final Report of the review of that strategy was released on 23 November 2017. It found that, despite efforts over the past five years, 'it is acknowledged that primary research remains an outstanding need.'
- On 6 December 2017, the Government launched the 'Aged Care Diversity Framework.'
- Under this framework, an 'LGBTI Ageing Action Plan' will be developed, which is likely to be released in May 2018.
- It is expected that the Government will consider the need for further LGBTI ageing research as part of the development / implementation of the action plan.
The Position Paper is being developed by the AAG policy team, steered by a panel of gerontologists:
Tonye Segbedzi, Senior Policy and Research Officer, AAG
Sandra South, Senior Policy and Research Officer, AAG
Carrie Hayter, Carrie Hayter Consulting
Sue Malta, NARI, University of Melbourne and Co-Convenor, AAG LGBTIQ SIG
Sam Edmonds, National LGBTI Health Alliance
Helen Radoslovich, Helping Hand Aged Care
Mark Hughes, Southern Cross University
June Lowe, GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc
In order to develop the position paper, AAG is obtaining background information from a number of sources, including:
- We are conducting a 'Scoping Review' of LGBTI ageing research that has been published to date.
- We are obtaining data from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) about what LGBTI ageing research they have funded.
- We are seeking ethics approval to conduct a 'Survey' of Australian LGBTI ageing researchers about what issues they are currently working on; about their sources of funding; and about what they believe are the priority areas for future LGBTI ageing research.
If you would like to participate in the survey or contribute to the development of the position paper in some other way, please contact Tonye Segbedzi (Senior Policy and Research Officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org