The Australian community spoke loudly and clearly this week.
The majority of eligible Australians who expressed a view in the voluntary survey said “Yes” to Australian law being changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.
7,817,247 (61.6 per cent) of the survey respondents replied with “Yes”.
“Nearly eight of 10 eligible Australians (79.5 per cent) expressed their view”, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported this week.
Interestingly, those aged between 70 and 74 years of age were more likely to respond to the survey, with “89.6 per cent of eligible Australians in this age group participating.”
The participation rate was lowest in those aged 25 to 29 at 71.9 per cent.
All states and territories across Australia recorded a majority Yes response to the question.
Females were more likely to participate than males.
“Nationally, 81.6 per cent of eligible females and 77.3 per cent of eligible males participated in the survey,” reported the ABS.
Older LGBTI Australians and aged care services
In the aged care industry, the “Yes” response reinforces the strategy designed to ensure equitable access to high-quality, culturally appropriate aged care for all LGBTI people.
“It is important to consider the needs of LGBTI people as distinct individuals and to take into account the diversity within the groups to which they belong,” the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy reported.
“Older LGBTI Australians have lived through a time in the nation’s history when they suffered stigma, discrimination, criminalisation, family rejection and social isolation,” the report outlined.
Despite their unique considerations, older LGBTI people share many of the same issues and concerns as all older Australians, including mental and physical health in ageing; the impact of chronic diseases and illnesses, including dementia; and being able to make informed choices about retirement and health care.
Oxley Home Care supports the lives of LGBTI people, their families and their carers
Oxley Home Care has always heard the voices of older LGBTI people and has actively considered how our service can respond to the needs of older LGBTI people.
The rights and needs of older LGBTI people, their families and carers are at the centre of all Oxley Home Care’s policies and programs and our aged care services offer an LGBTI-inclusive environment, regardless of whether or not LGBTI people and their carers disclose their sexual orientation, sex or gender identity.
Inclusive practice is not something that just happens, it is a conscious and practical decision made by an organisation, like Oxley Home Care, to engender change. There are six areas that we have reviewed to ensure the change occurs:
- Organisational capability
- LGBTI cultural safety
- Professional development
- Consumer consultation and participation
- Disclosure and documentation
- Access and intake processes
We recognise the value of approaching everyone as an individual.
To find more about our inclusive approach, please feel free to call us on 1800 221 039.
About Oxley Home Care
Oxley Home Care has been helping Australians live independently at home for over 10 years in Sydney.
We are an Approved Provider for Government funded Home Care Packages and provide Private Care services throughout Sydney.
A Home Care Package with Oxley Home Care can help you live in the comfort of your own home, maintain your independence and quality of life.