Mental Health Complaints Commissioner

The MHCC supporting older LGBTI Victorians

3 October 2016

In support of Victorian Seniors Festival, Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr will be joining other Victorian commissioners, advocates and regulators for New Moves – High Tea, to celebrate and support LGBTI Elders (members of the LGBTI community aged 65 year and over).

The event is part of The Tango Project, which seeks to address abuse and discrimination experienced by LGBTI Elders on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr said the event will assist in engaging older LGBTI Victorians and building their confidence to access information and support.

‘It’s an opportunity for us to raise awareness of their right to make a complaint about a public mental health service, the processes they can follow, and the supporting role of our office,’ Commissioner Coulson Barr said.

To build our understanding of the experiences of LGBTI Elders, the MHCC has joined other commissioners, advocates and regulators to form The Tango Project Advisory Group.

‘Our involvement in this group will help inform strategies for reaching LGBTI Elders and enhancing their access to the information and services we provide,’ Commissioner Coulson Barr said.

LGBTI Elders and their supporters are invited to come along to New Moves – High Tea, where they will take part in an afternoon of high tea, information and fun, and have the opportunity to contribute to a video message of support for LGBTI Elders.

Delivered by Alice’s Garage and All The Queens Men, the event will run from 2.00-3.30pm on 7 October at Melbourne Town Hall.

For more information or to make a booking, contact the Director of Alice’s Garage, Dr Catherine Barrett, on 0429 582 237 or at catherinebarrett13@gmail.com.