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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 in late 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 late 2018.


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 have considered information from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) about what LGBTI ageing research they have funded.
  • We have conducted 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. The Participant Information Sheet for the survey can be found here. The ethics approval for this survey can be found here. The survey has closed

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If you would like to contribute to the development of the position paper, please contact Tonye Segbedzi (Senior Policy and Research Officer) at

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