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Val's Newsletter

Here we are nearly 12 months along in the Covid world and we are again in lockdown in Melbourne - so we thought it a good time to provide some news and more.
Please be sure to share relevant information with service users and staff to ensure they have the information they need to assist them both in service delivery and also their health and well being. It's also a great way to demonstrate your commitment to LGBTI people.
And please provide your feedback regarding the National Aged Care Diversity Framework and Action Plans and also the Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy Directions Paper if you haven't already - more information below.
Stay safe and well,

Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

Aged Care Diversity Framework Evaluation

The Department of Health has engaged HealthConsult to conduct the first evaluation of the Aged Care Diversity Framework (the Diversity Framework) focusing on its implementation and achievements to date. The Diversity Framework launched in December 2017, and a number of action plans, including the LGBTI Action Plan provide a guiding framework to ensure all consumers of aged care services can access information and services appropriate to their individual characteristics and life experiences.  
All aged care providers are invited to complete a brief survey to assist with the evaluation.
More information and the survey are available here

Service Provider Events & Engagement

In conversation  

Knox City Council is hosting a series of initiatives to continue momentum towards more LGBTI-inclusive practice at Council and within the Knox community. Join them online from 7pm on 2nd March for a panel discussion facilitated by Val's in conversation with older LGBTI people to hear their insights and experiences about living in the 'burbs', accessing services, feelings of safety and more. Information and registrations: 
Here 

LGBTI+ participants

Are you aged over 50 and identify as LGBTI+? Banyule City Council in partnership with Switchboard, TGV and Val's is seeking volunteers to design an arts and culture program. The project will look at potential gallery exhibiting and performances in the newly built Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub. No need to be performers or artists, just those willing to come together to share ideas. Contact Lauren Brooker at Banyule for details:  
Here

Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy

The Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy Directions Paper feedback closes tomorrow so if you haven't completed the survey - don't delay. 
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. Please complete the survey on this proposed vision and importantly to ensure the needs of older LGBTI Victorians are included and addressed. 
The Directions Paper and survey are available here

Services & Programs

LGBTI Sessions 

Our friends at Breast Screen Victoria are bringing back Rainbow Rose! Spots are open for the dedicated screening sessions for the LGBTI community, at the Rose Clinic located in David Jones, Melbourne CBD. Breast screening is free, takes 10 minutes, and is with a woman. No need for a GP referral or Medicare card. Sessions happening throughout the year and the first is 25 February from 2 - 5pm.
Visit the BreastScreen Victoria for more information and bookings:
Here 


LGBTI+ participants

Uniting Victoria's program Uniting Out and About facilitated by trans community members is passionate about making a difference. The friendly program is open to all LGBTI people and provides an opportunity to get together in a safe space for support, friendships and to have fun. It's currently operating in the Southern region with CHSP and HACC PYP funding with potential for development in other Melbourne metro regions. For more information or referrals contact Amira:
Here

Rainbow Health Victoria Events & Resources

Rainbow Health Victoria is excited to be launching their new resource Rainbow Tick: a framework for LGBTIQ inclusion in February. This updated guide presents the Rainbow Tick Standards as a set of key organising principles for any organisation developing a plan for improving LGBTIQ inclusion, while also supporting organisations on their journey to formal accreditation. Register here

The latest evidence brief from the Rainbow Health Victoria series Research Matters aims to address the current state of research relating to the number of LGBTIQ people in Australia and how a lack of population-level data limits understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of LGBTIQ people. Download here
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