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Val's Newsletter

Another busy month and already we are moving into the second quarter of 2021. 

There is definite air of positivity for a whole range of reasons which includes the long-awaited release of the final report and recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission into Quality and Safety earlier this month. There has been over the course of this month much commentary and discussion regarding the findings highlighting a range of aspects and issues including those related to the care of older LGBTI people. 

The first recommendation is the development of a new aged care Act. It recommends that the new Act focus on securing the rights of older people accessing care and support. The ageing and aged care sector is currently the only sector supported by Commonwealth legislation that ensures the rights of marginalised communities by clearly defining each distinct population and the actions necessary to support them.  It is vital that the new Act continues to do so, rather than grouping them under a single banner of “diverse communities”.

Currently older LGBTI people, with many other vulnerable and marginalised groups, are explicitly outlined as a “special needs group” in the Aged Care Act 1997 (2012 amendment). While the term “special needs” requires updating, the definition and inclusion of each priority group has highlighted key issues and helped drive meaningful change. This has included the development of policies, frameworks, and action plans to assist the sector to better understand the experiences and needs of these populations, and identify ways to reduce barriers and improve access and inclusion. 

Another report released this month was from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, with its Final Report released 2 March 2021. A welcomed recommendation was continued funding to Switchboard's Rainbow Door, the LGBTIQ state-wide intake, referral and telephone counselling service. The Report also states that addressing the needs of LGBTIQ communities will be core business for services within the reformed system. 

Today is Trans Day of Visibility and in celebration we have included range of information and resources to build your knowledge and ensure the needs of older trans and gender diverse people are included and met in the services you provide.

There is lot more information, news, events, and resources to share so keep on reading. Have a safe and fun Easter break,

Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

New Rainbow Tick Resources

Rainbow Health Victoria recently launched two new resources, the Rainbow Tick Standards, a framework for LGBTIQ cultural safety, and the Rainbow Tick Accreditation and Evidence Guide. Both of these resources can be downloaded here, and if you missed the launch you can also access the recording as well.

In addition, if you haven't already, download the Val's Review Tool, which uses the Rainbow Tick Standards together with the Aged Care Quality Standards and LGBTI Action Plan to guide services supporting or caring for older people to be LGBTI safe and inclusive. It's available here

Trans Day of Visibility

What is TDV 

Trans Day of Visibility is an annual international celebration of trans pride and awareness, recognising trans and gender diverse experiences and achievements.

Today, 31 March 2021 celebrate with trans and gender diverse people all around Australia by sharing stories, starting conversations, and attending events. 
Find out more here or visit Transgender Victoria's website here  

Resources 

Trans Day of Visibility is a great opportunity to showcase a range of resources to educate and inform service providers:

Recent TV, media & reports

Intersex news articleAdvocates push to outlaw gender assignment surgery on intersex children in Tasmania

LGBTI ageing - TV & News 

On Compass TV 
Why Did She Have to Tell The World or here 

Report
A history of LGBTIQ+ Victoria
News One hundred icons of queer history mapped to mark 40 years since law change

More information

Rainbow Picnic - City of Casey

Save the date: As part of Midsumma Festival, the City of Casey and a range of Casey businesses and community groups (including the Rainbow Ticked aged care provider Lifeview) are hosting a FREE Rainbow Picnic. It is an all ages event and everyone is welcomed to attend. It's on Sunday 18 April between 11am and 3pm in Clyde North.
Support the event and also share the news - the organisers are keen to by create a local inclusive space to foster connections and inclusion.
More information including here and to book here

Grants, surveys & studies

The VIC LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants 2021 are currently open and aim to support LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups to build on the support they can provide LGBTIQ+ communities - information available here 

LGBTIQA+ participants sought for the development of resources and information  for LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability - information here 

Religious Freedom and LGBT discrimination study and survey here 
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