Trans Women's Perceptions of Residential Aged Care in Australia

Waling, A, Lyons, A, Alba, Beatrice, Minichiello, V, Barrett, C, Hughes, M, Fredriksen-Goldsen, K and Edmonds, S 2020, Trans Women's Perceptions of Residential Aged Care in Australia, British Journal of Social Work, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 1304-1323, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcz122.

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Title Trans Women's Perceptions of Residential Aged Care in Australia
Author(s) Waling, A
Lyons, A
Alba, BeatriceORCID iD for Alba, Beatrice
Minichiello, V
Barrett, C
Hughes, M
Fredriksen-Goldsen, K
Edmonds, S
Journal name British Journal of Social Work
Volume number 50
Issue number 5
Start page 1304
End page 1323
Total pages 20
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2020-07
ISSN 0045-3102
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Social Work
LGBT people
palliative care
qualitative methods
social care
Summary Abstract Many older people in trans communities in Australia and elsewhere have experienced long histories of violence and discrimination in the health and social care sectors, making some of them fearful of interacting with contemporary health and social care providers. This study explored older trans women’s perceptions of these services. It involved a qualitative, thematic analysis of semi-structured, one-on-one audio-recorded interviews with ten trans women aged sixty years and older in Australia. Participants expressed a number of concerns about using residential facilities for older people in Australia, including potential for abuse and discrimination as a result of being trans, and not having access to appropriate treatments. Participants indicated a range of alternatives in using services, such as renovating the home, relocating to areas with greater access to trans-inclusive services and potential euthanasia. Participants perceived that service providers were not adequately trained for trans and gender diverse needs, and highlighted a number of ways aged care services could better support the trans and gender diverse community. The findings provide important information to assist health and social care professionals, including social workers, as well as residential care service providers, in supporting the health and well-being of older trans women.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcz122
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Field of Research 1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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