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Val's News

Thanks for taking the time during the busy end-of-year period to read our final newsletter for 2021. Wow what a year (again) - I know we are all hoping for a much better 2022. There's not much that hasn't already been said or hoped for - but the Val's team certainly wish you all the best for the festive season and of course for 2022.
Most of all thank you for all the work you are doing to ensure older LGBTI people are safe, included and empowered to access care and support as they age. We look forward to working with you in 2022 - hopefully (fingers-crossed) some face-to-face, in real life events, training and more.
Stay safe and best wishes
 

The Val's Team

NEWS, EVENTS & MORE

Congratulations Anne Tudor


Anne Tudor was last month awarded the Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year for her national and international dementia advocacy. Many of you will be aware of her work - for many years alongside her wife Edie. A well deserved award and recognition for increasing dementia awareness and inclusion. Read more about her work and award here 

Birds of a Feather Lunch

Val's recently attended the Birds of a Feather LGBTI elders luncheon conducted by the CLIP program at Sunbury Cobaw Community Health. This wonderful and extremely well-attended regional luncheon program was established this year, and is a great example of a simple but effective, and much needed program for LGBTI elders.
Looking forward to more in 2022.

Pride Centre

If you haven't had a chance to visit the Victorian Pride Centre in St.Kilda and even take a tour, now might be the time. An exhibition has recently opened, Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint - it's free, interactive, and educational, and a wonderful way to explore Melbourne's LGBTI+ history. Find more information here including other Pride Centre activities and programs.

Tea Dance - Midsumma 

All the Queens Men is hosting a Tea Dance during Midsumma Festival. This all-ages event features some wonderful music, performers and an opportunity to catch up. Intergenerational but particularly LGBTI elder friendly - we hope to see you on the dance floor at the Collingwood Town Hall - 6 February 2022. 
Tickets and more information can be found here

Well Beyond

Living Positive Victoria has recently launched a website which includes resources and support for people 50+ living with HIV. The Well Beyond website has a host of information - please include details for clients and residents in your communication to support older people living with HIV. More information here

Best Practice Guide

Good Shepherd has made available its guide to support best practice in data collection. The LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Practice and Data Collection Guide includes a range of information and potential scripts to enable LGBTI+ inclusive data collection. More information here or the guide directly here
 

Pride & Pandemic Survey

ARCSHS is currently conducting a survey - Pride & Pandemic. It aims to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ communities in Australia. More information and the survey are available here

Inclusive Palliative Care

Barwon Health recently started a project to improve the experience of LGBTIQ+ people and their families in palliative care, and is seeking participation. More information about the project is available here or email Project Officer Jen Walsh here for information or to participate
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