New project will target health and discrimination against older LGBT people in and around Sydney, Australia.
Older LGBT people in New South Wales in Australia are being cared for through a new project called Living Older Visibly and Engaged (LOVE) from health advocates ACON.
The project is starting next month with consultations with to gather opinions, ideas and concerns.
'Approximately 70,000 people in NSW over the age of 55 identify as GLBT but we know very little about their health needs due to a lack of research,' said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.
'What we do know is that they are at high risk of social isolation and that many have concerns, based on previous experiences of discrimination, about how they will be treated in the aged care system because of their sexuality or gender identity.'
After the initial consultations, ACON will launch a website so that older LGBT people can connect and give more feedback about their health needs. Service providers in New South Wales will learn about how to improve their care of the state's growing older LGBT population.
ACON is also offering an event called Afternoon Delight this month where older LGBT people can watch relevant films and socialize in various locations across the state.
A report released last December from the Australian government set six goals for ensuring LGBTI people are well-cared for as they get older.