Care at the end of life for LGBTI community
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience stigma, discrimination, social exclusion and isolation. At the end of life, these barriers to community participation and engagement may prevent LGBTI people from accessing medical, social, psychological and spiritual care when required, leading to poorer health outcomes.
Many of the experiences of LGBTI people who receive care at the end of life, as well as their carers, partners and family members of choice, are similar to those of non-LGBTI people. However, LGBTI people may have specific needs and experience particular challenges in accessing end-of-life care due to their sexual orientation, sex and gender identity.
Queensland Health is committed to ensuring care at the end of life is available to all LGBTI people with life-limiting conditions, their carers and family members of choice, and is accessible, inclusive and affirms their right to dignity, respect and confidentiality.
Advance care planning
The Department of Health has resources to support advance care planning and navigating My Aged Care for LGBTI seniors.
The resources include:
- a factsheet on LGBTI advance care planning providing an overview of LGBTI advance care planning issues
- a factsheet on finding a LGBTI inclusive home care package on the My Aged Care service finder. This resource covers the steps for LGBTI seniors to help identify and select an appropriate home care package provider that meets their needs
- more information about LGBTI ageing and aged care resources.