Online module

Lived experiences past and present

45 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

You will learn about the shared history that older LGBTI people have lived through, as well as well as deepening your appreciation for each individual's own set of unique experiences to consider when addressing their care needs.

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Residential Care , Acute Care , Primary Care , Community Care , Mixed , Respite Care , Palliative Care

This module is part of the course:

Caring for LGBTI people

Lived experiences past and present

Lived experiences past and present


This module HAS FIVE sections:

  • 1
    Past experiences - homosexuality
    • This section recounts historical laws, attitudes and other forms of discrimination in Australia that the current generation of LGBTI seniors have endured, including homosexuality as a crime and a mental illness.
  • 2
    Past experiences - transgender
    • Following on from the previous section, the focus here is the historic discrimination and pathologising of transgender people.
  • 3
    Past experiences - intersex
    • This section looks at historic discrimination and medical intervention imposed on people who did not fit the binary male/female system.
  • 4
    The present
    • We provide an overview of law reforms and changes to medical approaches and classifications, in this era of change.
  • 5
    Intersecting needs
    • The final section explores 'diversity within diversity':  someone who identifies as LGBTI may also belong to or identify with one or more other minority or special needs groups.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the discrimination experienced by LGBTI people
  • Increase awareness of some of the key issues that are still present today for LGBTI people

Continuing Professional Education

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.


The Caring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People with Dementia online program was developed by the Dementia Training Study Centres (South Australia) with Dementia Australia in 2016. The course was updated in 2018 following a review by the National LGBTI Health Alliance and Dementia Training Australia.

If your organisation achieves the formal Rainbow Tick Accreditation, it will be listed on a national register as an LGBTI-inclusive organisation. Dementia Training Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund.

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