Conference Stream: Ageing and Aged Care
Presenter: Polo Espino
Presentation Title: A COMMUNITY MODEL OF CARE FOR OLDER LGBT
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 12:15
Duration: 15 mins
This presentation will examine how the experience of developing the model of care for people living with HIV can be applied to provide LGBTI aged care services.
VAC Community Support was established in 1984 as the first Victorian community response to the threat of HIV. An effective support model was developed, combining the experience of health professionals with volunteers from every conceivable background.
For more than 30 years, VAC Community Support has responded to the changing nature of the HIV experience, adapting the model of care to address emerging challenges.
The current VAC Strategic Plan increases VAC’s role in the broader LGBTI community. In line with this, Community Support is piloting a program to extend volunteer support beyond HIV to work with older, isolated members of the LGBTI community who need practical and social support to maintain health, quality of life and to stay in their own homes.