Conference Stream: Ageing and Aged Care
Presenter: Max Niggl
Presentation Title: Attitudinal change utilising personal narratives to challenge stereotyping of ageing LGBTI HIV Positive people
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 15:00
Duration: 20 mins
Living Positive Victoria coordinates the Positive Speakers Bureau and currently the Senior Voices Project. Heterosexual and GLBTI HIV Positive speakers educate and inform the broader community about living with HIV.
The Senior Voices speakers’ narratives provide powerful sessions about HIV-related ageing issues (including sexuality, sexual health, HIV treatments and comorbidities) to aged care facilities, staff and other aged care services.
Our speakers encounter the reality of living longer and challenges of ageing. Stigma and discrimination drive many to fear disclosure of HIV status and this will be compounded if HIV Positive people require access to Aged care services.
It is the experiences of our speakers’ voices that make a difference in changing people attitudes and stereotyping of ageing, gay HIV Positive men in particular.
The Senior Voices Project works in collaborative partnerships to educate the aged care sector about the needs of senior LGBTI people living with HIV.
The project builds the capacity of HIV Positive Seniors to develop a strong peer support network. This abstract will discuss how our speakers encourage others to disclose their status, how doing so lifts a huge burden, is empowering and creates inclusiveness in the GLBTI community.
Senior Voices speakers emphasise the importance of person centred care for LGBTI HIV Positive people at all levels of aged care services and how a human rights approach will ensure access to inclusive support and services. They are role models for health and treatment literacy; engagement and support in their own care and health management.