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Rainbow Horizons: towards inclusive end of life care

29 June 23

Newly released today, our Rainbow Horizons project report, Rainbow Horizons: Don't leave me this way, reveals the unique challenges older LGBTI+ people may face and advocates for stronger intergenerational links and for providers to ensure a more inclusive approach to end of life experiences for older LGBTI+ people.

The COTA SA Rainbow Horizons project was an important initiative designed to create greater cross-generational support in relation to end of life planning, care and dying for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex plus (LGBTI+) people.

The two year project was supported by Office for Ageing Well, SA Health with a specific focus on:

  • Facilitating conversations in LGBTI+ communities across generations
  • Building an intergenerational compassionate community model that can be adapted, and
  • Engaging with service providers.

The project’s compassionate community model aims to foster intergenerational compassionate communities to support LGBTI+ people’s end of life; it was designed in collaboration with the LGBTI+ community, providers and other stakeholders.

The report aims to strengthen social approaches to end of life support where many can play a role in partnership:

  • People working in health and other service providers associated with end of life matters
  • LGBTI+ organisations
  • People who identify as LGBTI+
  • Organisations interested in financing this work further.

The report includes guiding principles and a variety of recommendations towards more inclusive end of life care.

Click below to read "Rainbow Horizons: Don't leave me this way - fostering intergenerational compassionate communties to support LGTI+ people's end of life".

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