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The Responsibility to Respect Others – Seminar 3

Approaches to upholding the sexual rights of residents in Aged Care must also consider their sexual responsibilities, and the rights and responsibilities of staff.

Last updated: 23 September 2022

Approaches to upholding the sexual rights of residents must also consider their sexual responsibilities, and the rights and responsibilities of staff. This seminar outlines residents’ responsibilities to ensure their sexual expression does not infringe on their rights of others. It also clarifies the rights and responsibilities of staff. Practical responses to the following questions will be provided:

  • What strategies help when sexual expression infringes on rights of other residents?

  • What strategies help when sexual expression results in sexual harassment of staff?

  • What responsibilities do staff have to promote sexual rights?

The presenters

Dr Catherine Barrett is the Director of Celebrate Ageing Ltd and the Coordinator of #ReadyToListen project. Catherine has been promoting the sexual rights of older people for over 30 years as a nurse in residential aged care, and academic and has coedited a book for Routledge, called Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People; Theory, Policy and Practice. See: https://www.opalinstitute.org/rights.html

Helen Walker is the Learning Specialist with The Older Person Advocacy Network. Helen has supported the design and development of the online #ReadyToListen education resources.