Older same sex attracted women can be fearful of a time when they might need more health care support, and particularly of whether their partnership will be recognised and respected. Many health care providers and aged care facilities are found to be ignorant of older lesbians’ needs and to ignore the importance of sexuality. Legal vulnerability of same sex relationships is particularly important when partners become unwell, require residential aged care or die. Recently, aged care services have been able to access training and resources to improve their sensitivity towards older LGBT people.
The Matrix Guild, Victoria
Raising awareness of the health, housing and care needs of older lesbians.
Secretary’s Mobile: 0419 551 027
Council on the Ageing
Fact sheets and contacts: http://www.cota.org.au/
Val’s Café is a project coordinated by the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. It provides some information and support for older LGBTI people: