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Safeguarding the rights of older people forum

Sunbury community partners are hosting a community information session about  safeguarding the rights, dignity and independence of older people on Tuesday, October 30, from 2-3:30pm.

The free session will be held at the Sunbury Senior Citizens Club. It will focus on elder abuse and be presented by Gary Ferguson from Seniors Rights Victoria.

Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as family or friends. read more

Legal Matters & Ageing Forum

Take the chance to ask the experts about some of the most common legal issues affecting older people at this free community event being hosted on Tuesday, 16 October, at Safety Beach Community Centre, from 10:30am-1pm.

Topics to be covered include: medical decision-making law and recent changes, retirement villages, aged care, wills and elder abuse.

Guest speakers are:
John Corcoran AM, Russell Kennedy Lawyers;
Gary Ferguson, Seniors Rights Victoria;
William Betts, Peninsula Community Legal Centre. read more

Share your views on elder abuse

Seniors Rights Victoria is supporting the Elder Abuse Prevention Networks project across the state by assisting the implementation of a community survey about elder abuse.

A Victorian Government funded project, the Elder Abuse Prevention Network (EAPN) will operate at 10 sites in regional, outer urban and metropolitan areas at an individual and community level, to raise awareness and educate communities about the rights of older people.

Senior Rights Victoria EAPN Project Officer Alexia Huxley said seven sites have been chosen for the networks. They are being run by different organisations including several community health services, a community legal centre and local councils. read more

Community Rallies to Stop Elder Abuse

On June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we stood together as a community in saying “we can stop elder abuse”.

Seniors Rights Victoria and the Office of Public Advocate hosted a booked-out forum at Melbourne Town Hall, at which the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, launched (via video link) the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report ‘Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response’. We welcome the release of the Report and commend the Australian Government on recognising the need for this Inquiry, which will provide a strong foundation for future action. read more

Free Forum on Protecting Your Rights on 1 March

Gerard Mansour, Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, will be speaking on how to protect your rights and prevent elder abuse as you age.

RSVP by 24th February 2017. Bookings essential.
Phone 9581 4783
community@kingston.vic.gov.au

Wednesday March 1st 10:00am–11:30 am
Venue: Clarinda Community Centre,
58 Viney Street, Clarinda.

See flyer.

Join the walk and campaign against Family Violence – November 25

Seniors Rights Victoria’s staff and many groups will be joining the annual Walk Against Family Violence, which starts at Federation Square in Melbourne at 1pm on Friday 25 November- the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Elder abuse is a form of family violence. Join the 16 day Victoria Against Violence campaign!

#VICforWomen
#VictoriaAgainstViolence
#16Days
#OrangeDay

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Our 2015-16 Snapshot and Annual Report are out!

Seniors Rights Victoria’s Annual Report is out, and with it our first ever 4-page Snapshot of our achievements in 2015-16.  Please circulate widely to raise awareness of all our organisation does.

In 2015-16, amongst other initiatives, we:

  • Hosted the very successful 4th National Elder Abuse Conference, which included noteworthy local and international speakers and 345 delegates
  • Led the organisation of a bigger and better Victorian World Elder Abuse Awareness Day than ever before
  • Established the Elder Abuse Roundtable of experts, to be a voice for people who experience elder abuse and advocate for change
  • Increased our media profile, with a total of 68 stories – up from 42 stories in 2014-15 and 14 in 2012-14
  • Achieved a reported satisfaction rate of between 90% and 100% for our entire education program (delivered to well over 3000 people)
  • Supported the establishment of a Health Justice Partnership service for older people at St Vincent’s Hospital with Justice Connect Seniors Law
  • Received 2696 calls on our Helpline, provided 3429 instances of information, 631 advices (legal and advocacy), 144 secondary consultations to other organisations, and opened a total of 156 new cases
  • Launched, in partnership with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), The Older Person’s Experience – Outcomes of Interventions into Elder Abuse‘’. This research, containing recommendations, is the only Australian study we know of that looks at elder abuse from older peoples’ perspective.
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    Invitation to the launch of the Older Person’s Housing Strategy, 17 November

    This strategy will be crucial for bringing about systemic change for the almost 15,000 homeless people – one in seven of the nation’s homeless – aged 55 and over. Census data shows a 19 per cent increase in the number of older Australians left homeless between 2006 and 2011 and older women are particularly at risk of becoming homeless. Improvements are needed in housing affordability, access, security and supply.

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