ageingSYDNEY will host an interactive seminar focusing on LGBTI ageing and aged care issues next week.

Organised by the Australian Association of Gerontology, the seminar will take place at the SMC Conference and Function Centre situated in the CBD on Tuesday, November 26.

The seminar will be facilitated by Dr Catherine Barrett, who manages a program promoting the sexual health of older people at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and Gay and Lesbian Health at La Trobe University, and Carolyn Whyte, who is a research assistant in Sexual Health and Ageing at Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria.

The event aims to help aged care providers better understand the needs of LGBTI clients and will include an overview of the historical treatment of older LGBTI Australians to provide a context for understanding their needs and their relative invisibility to date.

UnitingCare Ageing, one of the event’s sponsors, was earlier this year named the inaugural winner of the Not-For-Profit LGBTI Workplace Inclusion Award announced by workplace inclusion group Pride in Diversity.

With more than 14,000 people in its care, UnitingCare Ageing is the single largest provider of aged care services in New South Wales and the ACT and was among one of the very first organisations in the aged care sector to appoint an LGBTI project officer to understand the needs and expectations for housing and care services within LGBTI communities and develop an appropriate service model.

INFO: The seminar takes place on Tuesday, November 26 at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Goulburn St, Sydney. For more information or to register, contact Savio D’Sa: [email protected] or  call(03) 9939 8344.

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