Conference Stream: Ageing and Aged Care
Presenter: Robyn Burton
Presentation Title: Free To Be: Developing understanding through Information Sharing, Collaboration and Community Engagement
Program schedule: Saturday 15 August 2015 at 11:40
Duration: 20 mins
The challenge of building shared understanding between aged care staff members and older same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people is being met at ACH Group through Information Sharing, Collaboration and Community Engagement.
Over 500 ACH Group staff have now undertaken LGBTI awareness training through the Free To Be project. Of this group, 45 people have undertaken additional training to become ACH Group LGBTI Champions, in order to provide support to fellow staff and volunteers regarding LGBTI-related issues. To support our Champions, an online forum has been established to enable discussion and information sharing. Dr Gertrude Glossip led our Champions on a walking tour along the Torrens River, giving participant’s insight into Adelaide’s historical gay culture and to enhance community engagement.
The visibility of older LGBTI is increased within our organisation through collaboration with various departments and programs. We partnered with The Exchange program by interviewing older people from LGBTI communities, discovering what Good Life and Good Learning mean to them and what they expect from an aged care provider. Additionally, a number of older LGBTI people took part in Good Lives Films, in which participants learnt the art of film making through a week-long ‘boot-camp’, directing and producing their own short-films. Free To Be, our Marketing and Communications team and volunteer ‘models’ from Adelaide’s LGBTI community also worked together to produce beautiful and unique images of older men from Adelaide’s gay community, which have been used extensively in ACH Group branding, including our 2014 Annual Report.