Visibility, Inclusion and Equality; Transforming the Care Experience of Older LGBTQ+ people will take place on June 3rd

LGBT Irelands Pride 2022 Healthcare Conference will take place Friday, 3rd June from 9:30 to 13:00 in RCSI.

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Registration for LGBT Irelands’ first in person Pride event since 2019  is now open. The event, which will explore how to support the development of an inclusive healthcare system that meets the care needs of older LGBTQ+ people, will take place on Friday, June 3 in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

Many LGBTQ+ People are forced into the closet as they get older due to the fear of not being accepted within services designed to meet the needs of our older population. Visibility, Inclusion and Equality; Transforming the Care Experience of Older LGBTQ+ people LGBT Ireland‘s Pride 2022 Healthcare Conference will bring together members of the LGBTQ+ community, Health and Social Care Professionals, Policymakers, Advocates and Community Supports in what promises to be an insightful and informative event.

At the event, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, TD Mary Butler will address attendees with representatives from the HSE, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, HIQA, the National Clinical Programme for Older Persons and more contributing to the conversation throughout the day.

The conference is split into three sessions, one of which will focus entirely on the lived experiences older LGBTQ+ people accessing health services in Ireland. Among the range of speakers are Trans activist Rebecca Tallon de Havilland and retired nurse and chairperson of OWLs (Older Wiser Lesbians) Marianne McGiffin who will discuss what they wished the Health Service understood about ageing as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

In another panel, moderated by activist and author Dr Gráinne Healy, members of LGBT Irelands LGBT Champions Network will discuss how engaging in training has enabled them to drive change in their services, making LGBTQ+ older people visible, safe and assured that they will be accepted. This panel will include registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Gerontology, Aoife Dillon, who since completing the LGBT Champions Programme in 2018 has developed a new LGBTQ+ Inclusion education programme in St James’ Hospital.

The event will take place in the College Hall at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on St Stephens Green, and there will be plenty of opportunities for audience members to participate in Q&A sessions surrounding the various relevant topics of discussion.

Registration for the event is currently open to all those involved and interested in improving older persons Health and Social Care services. You can register here.

It’s an opportunity for those who deliver services to the older people, and the community itself, to discuss how we can enable older members of the LGBTQ+ community to flourish and enjoy inclusive, healthy, and fulfilling lives as part of their communities.

For more information on this contact LGBT Champions Programme Manager James O’Hagan ([email protected])

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