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Collaborative papers on older women experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness

In August 2018 AAG in collaboration with a range of experts, advocates and services providers launched these three papers addressing older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. View the media release here. The abstract for the Position Paper was also published in the Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA)- click here to access full text of abstract in AJA.

Background Paper— For policy makers and people working with older people

This Background Paper provides a summary of the research evidence, service provider experiences and feedback, current Australian statistics, and current Australian services. The aim of this paper is to provide an introduction to the diverse experiences and needs of older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. The intended audience is policy-makers and people working with older Australians, including personal care workers in facilities and people’s homes, aged care leaders, health and allied health professionals, and researchers.

Position Paper—For Federal, State and Territory Australian governments

The recommendations in this Position Paper have been developed based on the evidence summarised in the Background Paper- Older women experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. This Position Paper is aimed at Federal, State and Territory Australian governments.

The Position Paper identifies five key areas where improvements can be made to ensure that older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness have access to the right services:

  1. A fundamental need for social and institutional change to address the lack of affordable, appropriate and secure housing supply, as well as to address the lower socio-economic status of women compared to men
  2. Changes to ensure that the aged care system can meet its legislated responsibility for meeting the needs of older people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
  3. The integration of aged care, homelessness, health, social service and disability systems.
  4. Prioritisation of early detection and intervention.
  5. Expansion and further development of services that are appropriate for the age, gender, and needs of older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Things to consider - For practitioners and service providers who are not experienced and/or specialised in providing services

This document outlines issues for practitioners and service providers to consider when working with older women who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. The target audience is primarily practitioners and service providers who are not experienced and/or specialised in providing services to older women experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

These three papers have been endorsed by the following organisations:

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