The capacity & capability of the aged care workforce to deliver LGBTI-inclusive care has been a focused area of work for the Alliance for many years. This incorporates the inclusiveness of the aged care workforce itself. We are very pleased to see the Senate Community Affairs References Committee examining the future of the aged care workforce with a specific reference to the challenges involved in creating a culturally competent and inclusive aged care workforce to cater to the care needs of LGBTI people.
The main barrier to the aged care workforce for LGBTI people is the exemption provided to faithbased providers in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth). Faith-based providers are prohibited from discriminating against LGBTI consumers when delivering Commonwealth-funded aged care. However, faith-based providers enjoy a blanket exemption in relation to their employment practices. This inevitably undermines their efforts to create a LGBTI-inclusive aged care service. The exemption needs to be repealed or reformed.
Our submission (no. 308) is available here.
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