New Zealand Silver Rainbow Resources for Residential Age Care

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Ageing and Aged Care
Presenter: Michal Boyd
Presentation Title: New Zealand Silver Rainbow Resources for Residential Age Care
Room: Fitzroy
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 09:40
Duration: 30 mins


Research has shown that some providers of aged care services demonstrated strong homophobic attitudes. Registered nurses and other care staff do not always feel comfortable with discussing issues related to sexual behavior or sexual identity with anyone, let alone someone identifying as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual (LGB). LGB people are frequently invisible in residential aged care facilities.

We will present an intervention that aims to influence the care of older Lesbian and Gay people living in aged care facilities. A New Zealand work group made up of members of the LGB community with expertise in the care of older people and video/design experts collaborated to develop an education resource to raise awareness of the needs of LGB older people (lead by University of Auckland through funding from the Rule Foundation). This training is designed to slot into usual sessions on cultural safety, which facilities are required to administer at least once every two year. The resource contains:
– Train-the-Trainer module (Power Point)
– Facilitator’s Guide
– Participant’s Workbook
– Guidelines for Care Staff
– Certificate of Participation
– Evaluation Form
– DVD with two scenario videos – named Chris & Pat and Peggy & Sam – specifically produced for use with this resource.

The DVD also includes the Train-the-Trainer PowerPoint module, and PDF versions of all of the printed material for copying.

The presentation will show the resources and also discuss how this resource will be disseminated and plans for future developments.

Presentation slides (PDF)