LGBTI Aged Care System Navigator Trial – Cairns, Far North Queensland

QC is participating in a national trial to help older Australian’s access aged care services.

Our focus is to assist older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy people, and those who care for and support them, understand the types of aged care services that are available; to encourage people's efforts in navigating the “My Aged Care” system; and to support people through the assessment process, to ultimately access services that suit their needs.

 

Eligibility

The trial catchment area is Cairns (FNQ). 

People (customers) should identify as being part of the, or connected to our LGBTIQ+, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities. 

The service is open to people 65 years of age or over (50 years or over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

People who care for and support older LGBTIQ+, Sistergirl and Brotherboy people can refer on behalf of the person (with their permission).

 

Referrals

To make a referral or get further information contact Gary Hubble in Cairns (our LGBTI Aged Care System Navigator) by phoning 0434 131 916 or email ghubble@qc.org.au or complete an online referral by following the link: https://forms.office.com/r/dfQLqC0ysu

You can access further information on the LGBTI Aged Care System Navigator here

The national Aged Care System Navigator trial is planned to finish at the end of 2022, with the hope that funding for a similar program will be commissioned after the completion of the trial. QC recognises the need for an Aged Care system that supports the unique needs of older LGBTI, Sistergirl and Brotherboy folk and includes a peer-based workforce. We will work with government and other funding bodies to promote this need with the intention of securing continued funding for culturally safe, LGBTI-focused aged care navigation, supports and services in the future.

 

The Aged Care System Navigator Trial is delivered as part of a consortium led by COTA Australia, that also includes LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.