COVID-19: Individual and Community Care for LGBTI People

This is a central resource space for our diverse LGBTI community members.

 

We know that this is a challenging time for every person. There are particular challenges in our communities, and the Alliance would like offer support in a meaningful way. 

Please participate in our survey so we can formulate the most practical and useful response possible: see the survey here – thank you!

We acknowledge the panic, frustration, confusion and uncertainty felt by many of us, in the face of the overwhelming media response to the pandemic.

We also acknowledge the particular fears and difficulties that may be faced by LGBTI people. This is a stressful time for all of our community members, who may experience further marginalisation and anxiety.

This resource page aims to assist our community members in adjusting to these changing circumstances and every-day routines such as socialising, working, and meeting our most basic health and well being needs.

We hope it might help you #ConnectWithConfidence when accessing health and support: whatever that looks like for your body, relationship, income or postcode. 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SERVICES FOR OLDER LGBTI PEOPLE:

Given their higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, many older people are choosing to stay home as much as possible to protect themselves. There are a range of services they can access to help with this:

  • a telehealth appointment with their doctor rather than attend a face-to-face appointment
  • deliveries of their prescriptions through their pharmacy
  • help with food, meals and grocery shopping through My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
  • the new Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line on 1800 171 866
  • online and phone ‘visits’ by the LGBTI Community Visitors Scheme
  • the FriendLine for a chat on 1800 424 287

Note that some services may not yet be available in your area, but the support line is national.

COMMUNITY OLDER LGBTI PEOPLE: 

In-Language Resources:

Department of Health Videos:

Health Direct Resources:

For information on novel coronavirus use the Department of Health Coronavirus Line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080 

Legal:

WHO Quiz: Fact or Fiction?

National LGBTI Health Alliance Programs:

People with Intersex Variation:

Trans and Gender Diverse:

Sex Work:

People who use Drugs:

HIV and Hepatitis: 

Indigenous health:

Disability and COVID-19: 

Council for Intellectual Disability:

Auslan Resources: 

Resources for Visual Impairment:

Older LGBTI people: 

Mental Health and Wellbeing:

Domestic and Family Violence: 

Due to social distancing and self isolation requirements, many women and children may be more susceptible to experiencing violence and abuse: Royal Commission into Disability Abuse statement on COVID-19.

If you are experiencing violence, call 1800RESPECT for support, counselling and referral.

Videos Around Corona Virus:

Thinking Around Corona Virus:

Working From Home Tips:

Living From Home Tips:

Thought Provoking Articles:

Australian supermarkets:

Science: 

The pressure on our health system is immense and we must all contribute to reducing infections.

Our important work continues across ageing and aged care, disability, mental health and suicide prevention and LGBTI health more broadly. Please see our regularly updated National LGBTI Health Alliance Program and Policy here.

Please see our referral pages for COVID-19:

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ABOUT THE ALLIANCE
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTI) people and communities.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The Alliance acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community. We pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.