Older LGBTI people in Queensland have lived through the time that homosexuality was illegal and many experienced discrimination and harassment in their younger days, where disclosing their sexuality could result in imprisonment, losing their jobs, and being rejected by friends and family. As a result, older LGBTI people are less likely to reveal their sexuality and gender identity to services and more likely to avoid routine health checks due to these past negative experiences.
Many older LGBTI people experience social isolation and poorer health outcomes, and those with HIV, dementia or living in rural and remote areas face even more pronounced challenges.
QuAC provides a Seniors Community Visiting Service which matches trained volunteer visitors with LGBTI senior clients who feel alone or isolated from their community due to health, mobility or other issues. See brochure here .
The service supports clients (whether living in residential aged care or receiving in-home aged care support services in their own home) to stay connected with others through having regular contact with their visitor for conversation, social connection and/or outings. For more information on the service, click here. QuAC also offers aged care workforce inclusivity training and consultancy services.
Silver Rainbow provides national coordination and support activities promoting the well-being of LGBTI elders and the ongoing delivery of the LGBTI awareness training to the aged care sector.