Ageing

We’re here to offer support, companionship and advice for older members of the LGBTI community.

Community Visitor Scheme

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While loneliness and isolation can affect anyone’s mental health, the impact can be more severe for older people.

Our Community Visitor Scheme is all about reducing social isolation of older LGBTI people by providing company and friendship of Volunteer Visitors.

Our trained volunteers make regular one on one home visits where they chat over a cuppa, listen to music, watch a movie or participate in a hobby, game or other activity.

The service operates in Sydney as well as the Hunter, Nepean, Illawarra and Central Coast regions.

The service is available to recipients of Australian Government subsidised Home Care Packages who have been identified by their aged care provider as experiencing or at risk of experiencing social isolation, whether for social or cultural reasons or because of disability.

To get involved as a client, volunteer or service provider please contact us: (02) 9206 2028 or email:communityvisitor@acon.org.au

The LOVE Project

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The LOVE Project (Living Older Visibly & Engaged) is an ACON initiative that’s all about creating better conversations and improved social engagement with our older LGBTI community members.

By understanding people’s preferences we can facilitate greater social connectivity, improve social inclusion and evolve services to meet the needs of our LGBTI elders.

The friendly health promotion team of the LOVE Project welcomes you to get on board to share experiences, interact with other members of the LGBTI community and create a healthier, active and social lifestyle for yourselves and those around you.

Check out the LOVE website

For more information, contact: Russ Gluyas   |   02 9206 2017  |  rgluyas@acon.org.au

Follow the LOVE Project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fact Sheets

HIV & Ageing

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People with HIV who commence treatment early and who maintain effective control of their HIV viral load have a life expectancy no different from the general population. This has been clearly demonstrated in large studies of people in high income countries with access to best practice HIV clinical care.

However, HIV infection could still damage the immune system. HIV potentially causes premature ageing of the immune system, which means there may be at risk of disease at an earlier age or at slightly increased rates compared to the general population.

Potential health issues may include cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, frailty, and neurocognitive deficits.

Find out more about HIV and ageing

LGBTI Counselling

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We provide confidential fee-based short term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for LGBTI people seeking support in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. Volunteer counsellors use a solutions focussed model and a range of therapeutic approaches to better equip people to deal with life’s challenges.

Fees for this service are negotiated according to individual circumstances, and priority is given to people on low incomes or with limited options.

Appointments are available between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Unfortunately this service is not suitable for:

  • People assessed to have recent or current risk of suicide
  • People who use violence
  • People with unmanaged or unsupported mental illness or substance use

To access this service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone.

For more information or to undertake a brief assessment please contact your nearest ACON office or submit an enquiry.