The Second National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference


The Second National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference aims to explore how communities, governments, service providers and older LGBTI people work together to promote healthy ageing for older LGBTI people and to ensure that the needs of older LGBTI people are understood, respected and addressed in Australia’s aged care policies, programs and services.

This conference considers the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy developed by the Australian Department of Social Services in 2012 and asks what have we achieved and what still needs to be done? In keeping with the philosophy of Nothing About Us Without Us a commitment has been made to ensure that at least 25% of speakers are older LGBTI people. 

  • Ann Wunsch: The General Manager of Operations at Australian Aged Care Quality Agency - the sole agency for approved providers of home care and residential care to deal with quality assurance of their services. The Quality Agency assesses residential aged care homes and aged care services in the community including National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP), Home and Community Care (HACC) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (ATSI flex).
  • Julie McCrossin: A freelance journalist, facilitator, trainer and speaker who is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice.
  • Noel Tovey AM: A gay man, dancer, actor, choreographer, director and educator who received an Australia Medal in 2015 for "a significant input into the performing arts, helping Indigenous performers, an Advocate for the  LGBTI community"
  • Jill Bolen: lesbian, an LGBTI educator and a member of the Ageing in Diversity Action Group in Brisbane
  • Brenda Appleton: A trans woman and an educator for Transgender Victoria delivering LGBTI sensitivy training for aged care services in Victoria.
  • Ruth McNair: GP working in a Melbourne practice specialising in LGBT health and an Associate Professor at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne.
  • David Petty: The Executive Officer for PASCOP, a national organisation promoting the provision of pastoral and spiritual care for older people
  • Steve Teulan: The Director of UnitingCare Ageing NSW.ACT and is currently leading the organisation through the process of achieving a Rainbow Tick.