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Val's Newsletter

Another busy month for the Val's team with events, training and more. As we all begin to wind down to the end of the year that none of us will forget in a hurry, we feel we a little optimistic and have embarked on planning for 2021, with a mix of online and face-to-face activities and events. Victoria now has no active Covid cases - what an achievement and relief!
So keep an eye out in December as we share the first wave of planned events and more. But for now some recent releases and information to assist you with continuing to provide LGBTI safe and inclusive care and support to older people.
Stay safe & well
Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

Private Lives 3 launched

In the past few weeks there's been some important releases from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and Rainbow Health Victoria: the much anticipated report Private Lives 3 was launched, and to celebrate the launch and further support and promote the needs of LGBTI+ people, Rainbow Health Victoria released another edition of Research Matters: Why do we need LGBTIQ-inclusive services?
Download Private Lives 3 report here, and watch the launch video here.
Research Matters in available here

Val's Virtual Forum Series

Val's recently hosted a range of online events and training for services caring for or supporting older people. We received some great feedback regarding these sessions and requests for more topics, so we are currently planning a similar series for 2021. If there is a topic around LGBTI ageing and aged care you would like us to consider for 2021, send us an email here 

Supporting LGBTI elders

Digital Dance Club

This week All the Queens Men host the final LGBTI Elders Digital Dance Club for 2020. Digital Dance Club is an ongoing social project that combats ageism, social isolation, and discrimination by creating safe, social and recreational spaces for older LGBTQI+ people. It's a fun, FREE online event and everyone is welcome. Please share the information about the program with elders accessing your service or join in to find out more. It's also Auslan supported.  
Find out more 

LGBTI reference group

Following the recent launch of their report on older LGBTI people and housing, Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) are interested in hearing from any LGBTI people who would like to be part of a reference group to guide projects including the development and delivery of community education for LGBTI elders and community.  For more information including the report and associated information click here and/or to sign up for the reference group here
 

More news 

Community Consultation

Knox City Council wants to connect with and better understand the needs of the LGBTI+ community and is currently endeavouring to develop a stronger connection with the older LGBTI community (65 years+) in the municipality. There is currently a survey open that anyone can complete including older LGBTI people. 
Find out more

World AIDS Day 2020

Living Positive Victoria and other organisations are hosting a day of events for World AIDS Day 2020 - Tuesday 1 December 2020. Everyone is invited to join online to acknowledge that people living with HIV are not forgotten and that we continue in our efforts toward the prevention of HIV, the removal of barriers to testing and treatment and access to services without judgement and stigma.
Find out more

Social connections for LGBTI elders

This month we are highlighting the range of LGBTI community visitors programs in Victoria which in 2020 more than ever has been a lifeline for many LGBTI elders to maintain social connection with community. With the end of year looming, and the festive season upon us, it is a time that can be particularly lonely and isolating for many older people, so we encourage service providers to promote these LGBTI visitors services through your service news, networks and communities:

Switchboard Victoria Out & About program
Thorne Harbour Health Rainbow Connections
Matrix Guild Lesbian Volunteer Visitors
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