Switchboard funded to support LGBTI senior Australians

The Federal Government will provide an additional $122,500 to Switchboard Victoria to provide volunteer visits to LGBTI senior Australians under the Community Visitors Scheme.

 

Switchboard Victoria is a community-based not-for-profit organisation that provides peer-based support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) people, their families and friends and is the leading service provider for supporting senior LGBTI Victorians.

 

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt announced today funding for Switchboard Victoria would be increased to fund 65 volunteer positions.

 

“It is critical that support for senior LGBTI Australians is strong, accessible, and sensitive to individuals’ needs,” Mr Wyatt said.

 

“This funding means the incredible team of dedicated Switchboard volunteers can provide help to those who are socially isolated or at risk of loneliness."

 

Switchboard is the only LGBTI specific provider of the Community Visitors Scheme in Victoria.

 

Mr Wyatt said it was vital LGBTI people had the same opportunities to access support as all other Australians.

 

“We know senior LGBTI people are more likely to have experienced stigma and discrimination during their lives."

 

The Government has recently released the LGBTI Aged Care Diversity Action Plan which helps to address the specific barriers and challenges senior LGBTI Australians face in accessing aged care services.

 

25 March 2019.