Silver GSD Women is the first of its kind to provide older gender and sexually diverse (GSD) women a place to discuss, find resources and connect with other women on all key aspects of health and wellbeing.
Silver GSD Women offers a private online forum which is password protected and viewable to members only. Forum participants can connect with other women anonymously and without sharing their identity.
Silver GSD Women also features consistently updated resource pages where LGBTIQ-friendly and affirming health, social and aged care providers are listed. These resources improve access to services, reduce social isolation and increase GSD women’s engagement in their communities.
Silver GSD Women is part of a Family and Community Services funded project run by Dr Tinashe Dune, Dr Jacquelline Ullman and Dr Tania Ferfolja from Western Sydney University.
The project explores older (55+) gender and sexually diverse (GSD) women’s experiences with health, social and aged-care services. Understanding these experiences is imperative as we know that GSD women’s health and wellbeing outcomes are poorer than that of their male and heterosexual counterparts and that these outcomes are even worse for older women. This is partially the consequence of poorly informed and ill-equipped health and community services resulting in discrimination or exclusion of GSD women. This in turn, causes GSD women to avoid health services and increases social isolation. In collaboration with community stakeholders and GSD women, this project seeks to develop a website with: 1) an anonymous forum for GSD women to safely connect with one another on issues related to their use, access and experience of health, social and aged-care services; 2) comprehensive resources pages featuring LGBTIQ-friendly services in NSW; and 3) opportunities for present and future health, social and aged care workers/carers to build capacity in LGBTIQ-friendly service provision. This innovative project has the potential to increase GSD women’s access to LGBTIQ-friendly services, reduce social isolation for older GSD women, increase awareness about the health and wellbeing of older GSD women and improve service provision.