Queensland government agencies have used a seniors’ expo in Cairns to reach out to older LGBTIQ+ people in the community.
The agency expo offered attendees access to cost-of-living discounts, healthcare, residential and support services.
Seniors minister Craig Crawford said in a statement that the expo aimed to ensure all older people could live full and active lives. The first such expo for the region was held on Thursday.
LGBTIQ+ seniors should be able to expect access to state government services that respected their identity and their health needs, Crawford added.
“Many LGBTIQ+ seniors have faced significant discrimination and challenges accessing services over their lifetimes, including within healthcare, residential and support services — even within their own families,” the minister said.
“The Cairns LGBTIQ+ Seniors Expo builds on successful Seniors Expos held across the state, and we’re proud to be holding it in Cairns.”
State government agencies attended the event alongside local community organisations and inclusive services that support and connect older Queenslanders.
Crawford said the expos were a great opportunity for government service providers to engage with the community, as well as learn about citizen needs and aspirations. Feedback gathered from the expos will inform Queensland’s next ageing strategy and help build more inclusive, age-friendly community supports.
“It’s a chance for older Queenslanders, their families and support people, to learn about local inclusive services that respect and support their identity and experiences,” Crawford said.
In 2021-22, the Queensland government provided more than $423 million for concessions and rebates for seniors and other members of the community. Another $4.9 million each year has been committed for elder-abuse prevention, seniors legal and support services, financial protection advice and a scams and fraud protection service.
The government will host the next seniors’ expo in Bundaberg on 1 June, and the Capricornia Coast Seniors Expo in Yeppoon will take place on 14 June.