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Val's Newsletter

What a year, particularly for the aged care sector - one most of us will not forget anytime soon. As 2020 comes towards a close and we reflect on the year that has been, a year consumed with Covid and the Aged Care Royal Commission, we also saw continued commitment by the aged care sector to the delivery of LGBTI-inclusive care and support for older people. We recognise the enormous efforts of services and staff and thank you all for your amazing work throughout 2020. It was a pleasure having so many of you participate in Val's training and events this year, and thanks to those who used our resources to improve inclusive practice in 2020.

Planning in 2020 was severely challenged with many activities needing to adapt to the changing landscape of restrictions throughout the year. As such we are still currently finalising plans for 2021 and hope to release a suite of new resources, as well as announce some events for 2021 early in the new year. 

Val's wishes you a very well deserved festive season, and we look forward to working with you again in 2021.

Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy

The Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy Directions Paper was released this week and is open for feedback. 
As part of the development of the Victorian first whole-of-government LGBTIQ+ Strategy, the Directions Paper sets out a vision for LGBTIQ+ equality in Victoria and key areas for change in policies, systems and services. The paper is based on consultations with more than 800 people and organisations earlier this year. Now is the time to provide feedback through the survey on this proposed vision - any gaps, anything missed, or to reinforce something - importantly to ensure the needs of older LGBTI Victorians are included and addressed. 
The Directions Paper and survey are available here

Awareness Training for CHSP Services & Staff

Val's will host a range of introductory LGBTI ageing and aged care awareness training sessions via Zoom in early 2021. These free, open sessions are available to services and staff delivering CHSP funded services (maximum of 4 staff per organisation in each session). Information about these sessions including registration details will be provided via regional diversity advisors/sector support and development teams, or you can email Val's for more information here

LGBTI inclusion

2021 - LGBTI planning

Val's recently released the Val's Review Tool, a practical resource to assist services working with and supporting older people to work to become LGBTI-inclusive. If you haven't already done so, consider undertaking a review of your service using the tool, and start 2021 on the path to inclusion and action. 
Val's will host some online sessions in 2021 to support the use of the tool and assist services to be LGBTI-inclusive. 
Download here 

Rainbow Door

Please promote Rainbow Door to all your service users this festive season. Rainbow Door is a free specialist helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Through advice, referral and support from an experienced LGBTIQA+ peer, Rainbow Door will help LGBTIQA+ people navigate the system to access the supports they need. 
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