Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Care leavers

Cultural and linguistically diverse people

Palliative care and carer resources in various languages:

Profiles of various cultures:

Homelessness

  • If you need help now for someone who is experiencing homelessness, Homelessness Australia have contact details of various support services throughout Australia.
  • The Homeless Palliative Care Toolkit is a set of resources designed for health professionals working with people who are homeless to use to recognise deterioration and help to get access to and plan person centred care.
  • In Melbourne, the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership: Health access protocol is a set of guidelines created to build pathways between primary health services, mental health services and the homeless sector to improve access to services. There a four tools for workers, a guide to accessing services, guidelines for making referrals, key access points in health and guidelines for receiving referrals.

Intellectual disability

  • If you work with people who have an intellectual disability and would like resources that give practical advice relating to palliative care visit Talking End of Life: resources section.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex

  • National resource centre on LGBT aging have a variety of resources across a range of LGBTI aging topics including end of life decisions.
  • ASHM: Aged care workers and HIV and Ageing provide a booklet for aged care workers that busts the myths around HIV and life expectancy as more people with HIV are starting to access aged care. It is in plain English and also provides a list of useful contacts.
  • If you are supporting someone that is caring for a person who identifies as LGBTI the Carer Gateway: LGBTI resources section is a great place to find information and support.
  • The Silver Rainbow: ageing and aged care educates service providers and policy makers how to meet the needs of LGBTI elders. Due to historical prejudice and discrimination, often LGBTI elders cannot or will not disclose their identities and remain invisible within the aged care sector and the community. The LGBTIQ+ Health Australia: Silver Rainbow section provide resources and training opportunities.
  • The Department of Health: Actions to Support LGBTI Elders- a guide for consumers is available to download. This publication can be used to help those working in aged care to better understand LGBTI needs. It is also a useful resource for LGBTI elders to understand how to express their needs to aged care providers.
  • LGBTI Health Alliance: Inclusive Language guide (380kb pdf) is a useful guide for understanding why we should use inclusive language and some basic terms. This is particularly useful when communicating with others as it demonstrates a respect for how people describe their own genders, bodies, and relationships. For more information on inclusive practice, see the LGBTI inclusive practice resource list (30kb pdf).
  • To check whether your organisation is an inclusive service, use this audit tool provided by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) to recognise your achievements and identify areas for improvement GLHV: GLBTI inclusive practice audit (209kb pdf).

Older people

  • To access a free USB with educational short animations that cover topics such as spirituality, planning palliative and end of life care, visit Meaningful Ageing Australia: resources.
  • The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing offer Aged Care Signage in various languages. They can be downloaded and used in care facilities to help residents navigate around their home or service.
  • Dementia Australia: Resources section has a variety of resources such as videos, help sheets, translated information in community languages, resources for CALD communities and people who identify as LGBTI.
  • Resources for people Caring for someone living with dementia can be found at My Aged Care. This website provides carers with information about what support is available, working with health professionals and making financial and legal decisions.

Rural and remote areas

Veterans

  • If a veteran or family member that you are caring for needs immediate help, call Open Arms 24 hours: 1800 011 046. Open Arms: Veterans and families counselling offer services to veterans that are currently serving, ex- serving and families.
  • An effect of serving in the military can include feeling of loss or grief due to traumatic experiences and losing the sense of belonging during times of transition. To understand more and find resources, visit GriefLink: resources and helpline.
  • If you would like to access resources for clinicians relating to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as assessment tools and treatment manuals visit the, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: Trauma assessment.
  • The PalliAGED: Veterans section provides useful resources for health professionals accessing end of life care for veterans, communication strategies and caring for the mental health of veterans.
  • Veterans’ Mates is a program designed to support veterans and their families to manage their health. This service provides educational material about medicines and health services that is tailored to the veterans needs and gives feedback to treating doctors.

Last updated 02 August 2021

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