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Older people and aged care

Need assistance navigating My Aged Care?

Meridian provides free, friendly and inclusive services supporting older LGBTI+ persons, carers, loved ones and allies to connect and navigate My Aged Care. If you need support taking the first step, or are already registered with My Aged Care and not sure what to do next, we are here to assist.

“Ageing is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
-Betty Friedan

For LGBTI+ Aged Care Navigator Enquiries, please contact:

Seniors & Aged Care Coordinators

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0492 996 908

Meridian celebrates the extraordinary diversity of people’s bodies, genders, sexualities and their relationships.

At Meridian, we acknowledge the elders of the LGBTIQ+ community for their resilience and determined struggle for social justice and human rights that has improved the lives of all Australians.

While many LGBTIQ+ older people lead healthy and fulfilling lives; others are dealing with the historical legacy of past systemic marginalisation and stigmatisation.

Many older members of the LGBTIQ+ community have experienced judgment, prejudice and discrimination during their lives. As a result of their lived experience, older LGBTIQ+ people can be reluctant to reveal their sexuality or gender identity. Some older LGBTIQ+ community members choose to remain in or return to the closet to feel safe. This can be particularly true when accessing aged care services.

Unfortunately, we know that LGBTIQ+ older people have disproportionately negative mental health outcomes in comparison with the rest of the population.

Meridian is working to improve access and equity for LGBTIQ+ elders to aged care services and supporting their wellbeing by:

  • Advocating for government to provide health services and policies that meet the needs of older LGBTIQ people
  • Encouraging inclusive practice service delivery that not only respects diversity but embraces it
  • Delivering LGBTIQ awareness training to health providers, so elders feel culturally safe and comfortable in the organisation’s service environment
  • Establishing an evidence base to document the needs of LGBTIQ older people and the difficulties they face in accessing appropriate services,
  • Providing professional counselling when dealing with mental health issues,
  • Hosting LGBTIQ community social groups to help reduce social isolation for older people.

Meridian is committed to supporting the elders of our community to live the life they choose and to ensure they have a respectful and dignified old age.

Further Information

Westlund Counselling 

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Aged Care Quality Standards

Aged Care Quality Standards Consumer Outcomes poster

Choosing an aged service that is LGBTIQ inclusive 

Developing an LGBTIQ-Inclusive Practice Policy

Dementia Australia LGBTIQ Resources

Older Persons ACT Legal Service (OPALS)

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