Education

The suite of education and resources developed by Alice’s Garage aims to create a more LGBTI inclusive world for LGBTI Elders and the broader LGBTI community. Our focus is on engaging resources that create real change – through workshops and Film Kits. The film kits have been tailored for services that want to deliver their own education session. The Kits have been coproduced by LGBTI Elders and include a short film, powerpoint presentation and suggested running sheet to enable educators around the world to facilitate a workshop on a particular topic. The Kits are ideal for educators and a small fee will enable further resources to be developed.

Workshop – TGD people living with dementia: gender rights and erasure

Date: 19th March 2019
Time: 1.00 – 4.00pm
Location: Multipurpose Room2. Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St Carlton.

Workshop outline
There is an unhelpful myth that all Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) people who are diagnosed with dementia ‘revert’ to gender assigned at birth. In reality, dementia related brain pathology is not the most significant barrier to gender expression for TGD people with dementia. It is the transphobic attitudes of family members and service providers that provides the greatest obstacle to TGD people with dementia asserting their gender rights. This workshop unpacks gender erasure (prohibiting gender expression) for TGD people living with dementia to refocus our priorities on how service providers can support TGD people living with dementia. To do this the workshop outlines:

  1. What gender expression means to TGD Elders
  2. The limitations of a ‘pass-fail’ view of gender transition for people in middle/mature age
  3. The impacts of changes in gender expectations and roles in families
  4. TGD Elder’s fears of services and dementia
  5. The importance of recognising and calling out gender shaming and erasure
  6. A comparison of the impacts of dementia pathology – and the attitudes of families and services on gender expression
  7. The rights of TGD people with dementia to gender expression.

The workshop utilises case studies from the research to outline the rights of TGD people and the responsibilities of service providers to protect these rights. This workshop is essential for anyone providing services to people living with dementia and those working in advocacy services.

Facilitator & presenters

  • Dr Catherine Barrett was Chief Investigator on a number of qualitative research projects documenting LGBTI people’s experiences of dementia and TGD people’s experiences of ageing and aged care. Catherine is Director of the Celebrate Ageing Program, Director of Alice’s Garage, Curator of the Museum of Love and has published numerous resources challenging the myth that LGBTI people with dementia ‘become straight’ or ‘revert’ to gender assigned at birth
  • Toni Paynter and Kathy Mansfield are TGD Elders and Educators.

Registration: $191.66 inclusive of afternoon tea – through Eventbrite here (limited to 30)​
More info: email: director@celebrateageing.com or phone Catherine: 0429 582 237

Workshop: LGBTI Elders – Abuse and Discrimination

Date: Thursday, 28th March 2019
Time: 12.30 – 4.30pm
Location: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Workshop outline
This interactive workshop begins by outlining the evidence related LGBTI Elders experiences of abuse, discrimination and other difficulties on the basis of their LGBTI identities. This includes: restrictions to sexual orientation and gender identity; reduced services; misgendering; posthumous (after death) abuse and refusal to recognise same sex relationships. The workshop includes presentations by LGBTI Elders and covers:

  1. The impacts of history on perceptions of abuse and the mistrust of services
  2. Power imbalances in culturally unsafe families, communities and services
  3. Forms of abuse and impacts on health and wellbeing
  4. Implications for services – responding to and preventing abuse
  5. Implications for the Royal Commission and National Elder Abuse Strategy
  6. Guidelines for LGBTI inclusive services.

This workshop is essential for anyone providing services to LGBTI Elders. Participants will be provided with resources to assist with the education of their colleagues.

Facilitator and presenters

  • Dr Catherine Barrett will draw on interviews with over 200 LGBTI Elders. Catherine was the CoChair of the Committee that developed the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy and established Val’s Café. While working for GLHV, Catherine was the project coordinator for Rainbow Tick and developed a program called How2 Create an LGBTI Inclusive Service. Catherine established Alice’s Garage, a national project empowering LGBTI Elders. Projects under the Alice’s Garage banner include the Tango Project, documenting LGBTI Elder experiences of discrimination and abuse on the basis of their LGBTI identities.
  • The workshop will include presentations by LGBTI Elders: Sally Conning; Kathy Mansfield; Max Primmer and David Morrison.

Registration: $191.66 inclusive of afternoon tea and handouts – through Eventbrite here
More info: email: director@celebrateageing.com or phone Catherine on 0429 582 237
Website: alicesgarage.net

Workshop: LGBTI inclusive services for people living with dementia

Date: Thursday 11th April 2019
Time: 12.30 – 4.30pm
Location: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Workshop outline
This interactive workshop focuses on the issues facing LGBTI people living with dementia – and how to address these issues. The workshop outlines the impacts of reduced autonomy on the right to express LGBTI identities. It identifies ‘Red Flags’ – or signs an LGBTI person with dementia may be vulnerable; and it clarifies practical strategies to minimise vulnerability. Examples of LGBTI inclusive services are presented and a structure for dementia friendly communities and services for LGBTI people is then outlined.This workshop is essential for anyone providing services to people living with dementia. Participants will be given resources to assist with the education of their colleagues.Facilitator & presenters

  • Dr Catherine Barrett was Chief Investigator on several qualitative research projects documenting the experiences and needs of LGBTI Elders, including research on LGBTI people’s experiences of dementia. Catherine is Director of the Celebrate Ageing Program, Director of Alice’s Garage, Curator of the Museum of Love and has published numerous resources challenging the myth that LGBTI people with dementia ‘become straight’.
  • Anne Tudor is an Internationally recognised speaker on the rights of people living with dementia, a Fellow of the Elder Leadership Academy, and co-lead for Pulse of My Heart – an educational resource documenting the journey she shares with her married partner, Edie Mayhew, who lives with younger onset dementia.
  • Sally Conning is an Elder with a Trans history, an LGBTI inclusivity consultant and an educator on the rights of Trans and Gender Diverse Elders.

Registration: $191.66 inclusive of afternoon tea – through Eventbrite here.
More info: email: director@celebrateageing.com or phone Catherine: 0429 582 237
Websites: alicesgarage.net; museumoflove.com.au

Workshop: Cultural safety – the heart of LGBTI inclusive services

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Location: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
About the workshop
This interactive workshop builds a clear understanding of what LGBTI cultural safety is, why it matters and how LGBTI culturally safe services can be developed. Cultural Safety is one of the Rainbow Tick Standards. The workshop draws on the research, presents personal narratives and provides practical tools for participants to use in their workplace to build more culturally safe services. Workshop structure includes:

  1. What culture means
  2. What LGBTI culture is
  3. What cultural safety is and why it matters
  4. A framework for understanding LGBTI cultural safety in services
  5. Presentations by LGBTI consumers on experiences of culturally unsafe services
  6. How power imbalances and safety breaches can be addressed
  7. How to identify potential risks and strategies to minimise them
  8. Practical steps to promote cultural safety.

This workshop is essential for anyone interested in developing more LGBTI inclusive services or working towards a Rainbow Tick. Participants will be given resources to assist them build LGBTI cultural safety in their service.

Facilitator and presenters

  • Dr Catherine Barrett believes that a clear understanding of cultural safety is essential for the development of LGBTI inclusive services. While working for GLHV, Catherine was the project coordinator for the Rainbow Tick Standards and developed a program called How2 Create an LGBTI Inclusive Service, which has been disseminated Nationally. Catherine has produced a suite of resources on LGBTI cultural safety including: research on staff perspectives; peer reviewed publications; frameworks from the perspectives of service providers and LGBTI consumers; and a LGBTI Culture Kit. Catherine is the Director of Alice’s Garage, a national project empowering LGBTI Elders and promoting healthy LGBTI Ageing.
  • Malloy is an 83 year old lesbian who co-produced a framework for cultural safety that draws on her historical experiences of ‘conversion therapy’ and her contemporary experiences of discrimination in services. Malloy’s resource, The Rainbow Makers, was supported by the National LGBTI Health Alliance and has been presented at several National Conferences.
  • Jan Angus is a TGD Elder who has coproduced a short film entitled: Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell; part of an educational resource explaining power imbalances to service providers. Jan’s film will be shown at the workshop.

Registration: $393.70 (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) – through Eventbrite here
More info: email: director@celebrateageing.com or phone Catherine on: 0429 582 237
Website: alicesgarage.net

Film: Don’t ask – Don’t tell (film)

This Film Kit includes a 7 min film in which Jan Angus describes asking her GP his views on same sex marriage during the Marriage Equality Postal Vote in Australia. The responses of Jan’s GP and other health practitioners provide valuable insights into LGBTI cultural safety, particularly power imbalances and the influence of staff attitudes on the quality of services. The Kit draws on the Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell policy on LGB military service in the USA to demonstrate how the responses of service providers can lead to LGBTI people feel oppressed. More information coming soon ….