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GLBTI Aged Care Training – Enrol Now for the First Course

June 3rd, 2014 Comments off

GRAI invites all interested parties to enrol now for the first course of it’s GLBTI Aged Care Training Programme: “RIGHT TO BELONG: GLBTI People and Aged Care”.

This free, essential and relevant one day training for all workers in the aged care sector will help promote a better understanding of the needs of GLBTI people and provide staff with more confidence to deliver an inclusive, best practice service.

Course date: Thursday 12 June 2014
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Pilbara Room, Alexander State Library, Perth

Morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch provided.

Contact Dr Susan Harwood to enrol.

More information in the flier attached here.

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LAUNCH of GRAI’s new training project

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

You are warmly invited to celebrate the LAUNCH of GRAI’s new training project:

RIGHT TO BELONG: LGBTI* People & Aged Care

Tuesday 6 May 2014 geoff
5.30 -7.30pm (6pm start)
Hotel Northbridge
210 Lake St, Northbridge

Guest Speaker
Dr Gavi Ansara Phd

Celebrate the launch of GRAI’s new training project designed to aid all aged care services develop safe and inclusive services for LGBTI clients. Guest speaker, Dr Gavi Ansara, from National LGBTI Health Alliance, will address a little understood topic, Trans and Intersex ageing. Panellists will discuss the significance of this critical training initiative in a new era of aged care.

This is a free event, but registration is essential
Further information, Project Coordinator:
Light refreshments available

Full Details: Launch Training Project


Details of training: Training Details

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Media Release: GRAI to deliver LGBTI sensitivity training to aged care service providers in WA

April 11th, 2014 Comments off

GRAI to deliver LGBTI sensitivity training to aged care service providers in WA

Aged care providers in WA will soon have the opportunity to receive free one-day training to help them develop inclusive services that are safe and welcoming for LGBTI older adults.

This week, GRAI finalised an agreement with the National LGBTI Health Alliance to deliver LGBTI sensitivity training to the aged care sector in WA. The training will suit residential facilities, retirement villages, community care providers and services engaging with older members of the community.

This contract is part of a national project being coordinated by the Alliance, which has partnered with ACON (Aids Council of NSW) to develop and roll out the specially designed training package. This training is funded by the Commonwealth Government under their commitments to the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy.

GRAI’s Project Coordinator – Susan Harwood – will lead a team of trainers delivering 40+ training sessions over a 2 year period; these will be mostly in-house for service providers, but with a few open sessions as well.

Susan Harwood described the project’s immediate plans: “We will celebrate the launch of the project on 6 May, so ‘save the date’! Interested aged care providers can start booking for these free, 1-day training sessions, which will commence in June 2014″.

According to GRAI Chair, June Lowe, the opportunity to deliver training to aged care services is the culmination of many years of research and lobbying.

“GRAI’s research was instrumental in establishing the need for such training, as we found that many aged care providers were quite unaware that a proportion of their clients were LGBTI people, and had little or no idea as to what they should be doing to make them feel safe,” she said.

GRAI also played an important role in lobbying for law reform to ensure that aged care service providers are now legally required to pay attention to the needs of their LGBTI clients.

There are approximately 24,000 older LGBTI adults in WA, making this the largest recognised ‘special needs’ group who are potentially recipients of aged care services. However, till now LGBTI elders’ presence has been mostly hidden, with lack of positive recognition often causing great stress and reluctance to access services.

“We know that service providers are keen to learn not only how they can comply with their legal obligations, but also how they can best provide safe and inclusive services to their LGBTI clients,” Ms Lowe concluded.

“There is enormous goodwill in the aged care sector, and I am optimistic that together we can create an environment where older LGBTI adults can feel welcomed and enjoy a sense of belonging”.

For further information on training, contact Project Coordinator, Susan Harwood:

For media comment, GRAI Chair, June Lowe on: 9383 7753 | 0435 517 753.

Media Release: Training 11-04-2014

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