National elder abuse conference advocacy network delegation
We are pleased to have an exhibition booth and are sending a delegation alongside state members of the network to the 7th annual Elder Abuse Conference, Walk the Talk in Hobart on 14-15 February, 2022.
Samantha Edmonds, Manager Policy and Systemic Advocacy, Older Persons Advocacy Network will be facilitating a panel session with Ian Yates, CEO, COTA – One Year on from the Royal Commission: Will the rights of older people be better protected?
National Older Persons Reference Group Members Theresa Flavin, Kevyn Morris, Danijela Hlis and Val Fell will be joining the panel. They will consider whether recent restrictive practice reforms and the introduction of the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) have resulted in greater protection of the rights of older people and reduced abuse and neglect, from the perspective of older people themselves.
“I’m looking forward to meeting other advocates, and hearing about all the work that is being done across Australia to help keep our elders safe. I’m also hoping to hear that progress is being made in the area of supported decision making in the context of dementia and intimacy in the wake of the me-too movement.” – Theresa
“I am very grateful to have received the scholarship support to attend this conference; I have noticed some excellent speakers covering topics of interest. I also hope to network, and I am presenting on a panel with my colleagues, which I hope will also give the attendees some new informative perspectives.” – Danijela
“I am looking forward to some realistic solutions for aged care. I would like to see ‘real answers’ that are reflected on the ground and in real life.” – Kevyn
“It will be nice to get an overall picture of the current situation in aged care and if elder abuse is being exacerbated by COVID as well as strategies to counteract or overcome elder abuse.” – Val
Craig will also be participating in the Walking the Talk Together: Sector-led Strategies for Joint Action Think Tank on the day after the conference to progress the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference’s ‘Call to Action‘.
Helen Walker, Education Specialist will present on the development and implementation of the Abuse of the Older Person: eLearning Program for Health and Aged Care Professionals during the Responding to elder abuse: Training innovations session. The free online program was launched in July 2021 and focuses on improved recognition and response to the abuse of older people. Health and Aged Care Professionals are well placed to identify signs of abuse and play a significant role in prevention and support, over 1200 have participated in the program so far.
Dr Catherine Barrett, Director Celebrate Ageing (OPAN Partner) will be presenting a MAP in the Issues and contexts: sexual abuse; elder abuse and domestic violence; cultural contexts session; to help prevent the estimated 50 sexual assaults in residential aged care each week. The MAP is the first in a suite of resources developed for the #ReadyToListen project, find out more about the project here.
Aged and Disability Advocates (ADA Australia): is a silver sponsor and will be exhibiting virtually. Karen Williams, principal lawyer in the ADA law team will be discussing upskilling training needs on a variety of responses to be engaged with when responding to elder abuse. Responding to abuse of older persons: One size does not fit all will be co-presented with Deidre Venz, Queensland Health during the Responding to elder abuse: Training innovations session.
Your say Advocacy Tasmania: will be exhibiting at the conference.
Advocare: Louise Forster, CEO will be presenting Righting the wrongs in WA: past, present and in a pandemic’ (WA Helpline Story) during the Elder abuse helplines: data collection and analysis session. In 2014, Advocare identified a growing issue of elder abuse in Western Australia. In response, the WA Elder Abuse Helpline was designed to provide easy phone access via a toll-free number for older people to obtain free, confidential information, emotional support and referral to other appropriate sources of support. Where clients consent, the advocate answering their call will collect data allowing us to report information about the nature and extent of this form of abuse in Western Australia. The presentation reviews the organisation’s journey into understanding more about the prevalence of elder abuse and how community perceptions may have changed over time since Advocare’s formal inception in 1999.
Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS): is sponsoring the Protecting older people’s rights: Listening, seeing, framing concurrent session, chief executive Carolanne Barkla will moderate this session.
Catholic Care Northern Territory and ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy (ADACAS): team members will be attending the conference.
Darwin Community Legal Service (DCLS): Senior rights advocate Ramnik Singh Walia will deliver a poster presentation of a seniors’ perspective outlining the lack of care and current state of aged care services in the NT. The presentation will focus on unfolding the personal saga of Cheryl K. and how she was treated by her previous support provider. The aim of the presentation is to raise awareness of the prevalence of neglect and abandonment by professionals whose responsibility it is to provide care and support.
Elder Rights Advocacy (ERA): The team will be attending the conference virtually, alongside three Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors. Several board members will also be part of the delegation in Hobart.
“(I look forward) to be able to discuss, share and address a subject that has been kept hidden by too many for way too long. It is time to reveal and be alert to elder abuse, in all of its forms, and be active advocates for our most precious resources – our senior Australians.” – Cheryl Durston, Rural representative.
Seniors Rights Service (SRS): Shannon Wright, CEO will be presenting Money Matters: Combating financial abuse in diverse communities in the session, Perspectives on financial elder abuse. She will present the latest communication tools developed by SRS to support clients at risk of or experiencing abuse including awareness raising strategies to assist older people in diverse communities to start a conversation about financial abuse. Kate Kennedy is a member of the Inner West Elder Abuse Collaborative and will have a poster at the conference called ‘Exploring Diverse Perspectives of Abuse of Older People’ which describes the progress on a research project undertaken with culturally and linguistically diverse communities during 2021.
Seniors Rights Service would like to acknowledge the Department of Communities and Justice, through the Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021-2031 for supporting Tammy Cabban’s in person attendance. Melissa Chaperlin will also be attending the conference virtually.