Rainbows Don’t Fade with Age,  needs and experiences of older LGBTI people

Rainbows Don’t Fade with Age, needs and experiences of older LGBTI people

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Rainbows Don’t Fade with Age, needs and experiences of older LGBTI people

About this event

This is a free event designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH). For example, a social worker working in mental health at Austin Health. Staff from MHCSSs, ACCHOs, AOD or other partner organisations may also attend. Please note, if you do register for this event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

This training is targeted at people working in Adult and Older Person's Mental Health.

The training provides an introductory body of knowledge to staff working with or supporting to older people to enable an understanding of the lives, experiences and needs of older LGBTI people, and ensure their practice and services are safe, welcoming and inclusive.

This event will cover:

  • An introduced to descriptions of sex, gender and sexuality
  • Understand the impact of historical discrimination and be introduced to an evidence base of the experiences of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and intersex prejudice, and their impacts on the health, wellbeing and visibility for older LGBTI people and barriers of access to care and support as they age.
  • An introduction to frameworks, strategies and tools (which includes aged care legislative reforms and program) to improve cultural safety for LGBTI consumers and staff.

The session is largely didactic with some interactive aspects and opportunities for participants to ask questions and participate.

Information is drawn from evidence-based research and the education privileges the voices and experiences of older LGBTI people. Frameworks for LGBTI inclusive practice are discussed and used to guide inclusive practice development.


This training is presented by Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care, Rainbow Health Victoria

Andrew Roger and Pauline Crameri bring a complementary variety of knowledge and skills regarding the experiences and needs of older LGBTI people, and LGBTI inclusive practice. Andrew has been with Val’s for over 2 years. He has a background education, recently completed the Victorian LGBTIQ+ Leadership program and brings a wealth of lived experience to the role. Pauline has been with Val’s for 8 year and has 20+ years experience in community aged care, and working with and supporting older people from diverse backgrounds. Both Andrew and Pauline are passionate about challenging ageism and empowering older LGBTI people.