Seniors Rights Victoria has received a grant of $85,000 from State Trustees Australia Foundation, to conduct action research on good practice models for local Elder Abuse Prevention Networks. Up to 10 Networks will be set up throughout Victoria as part of the Government’s preventative response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Networks link local organisations – such as health centres, council home carers, and seniors clubs to raise awareness of elder abuse and implement local prevention strategies. This is one of three projects funded by the Foundation as part of its Elder Abuse Prevention and Response grants program.
Free Seniors Seminar covering topics on Enduring Powers of Attorney, Ageism and Planning Ahead. Receive a free kit ‘Take Control – A Guide to Making Enduring Powers of Attorney’. Please see attached flyer.
Monday 27th March 2017, 10:00am—12:00pm
Venue: Bairnsdale Library
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
RSVP East Gippsland Shire Council by 20th March. PHONE 03 5152 4225 or book in person at the library.
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
Wednesday March 1st 10:00am–11:30 am
Venue: Clarinda Community Centre,
58 Viney Street, Clarinda.
A forum covering all aspects of Enduring Powers of Attorney and Wills in a lively and interactive way. Receive a free kit ‘Take Control – A Guide to Making Enduring Powers of Attorney’ and learn all about Wills and have your questions answered in Legal Bingo. Please see attached flyer.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
RSVP GLEN EIRA COUNCIL SERVICES PHONE 9524 3333
Tuesday 21st February 10:30am—12:30 pm
Venue: Caulfield Park Pavilion
Gary Ferguson, from Seniors Rights Victoria, will present on money, ageing and family and identify some of the issues to think about when an older person’s living arrangement is about to change. How does the older person protect their rights and continue a fulfilling lifestyle? A free booklet Money, Ageing and Family is provided to participants.
This is a free information session for adults.
Date: Tuesday 12 May
Location: Caulfield Park Pavilion, Balaclava Road, Caulfield
Bookings are essential. For further information, contact Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333 or visit www.gleneira.vic.gov.au
Gary Ferguson, the Community Education Co-ordinator, will be presenting on Elder Abuse and Family on November 20th at 1:00pm (Australian Eastern Summer Time) as part of 1800Respect’s Workers’ Webinar Series. You can register to be a part of this webinar by clicking here
Where? Melbourne CBD
Time? 9.30am – 4.30pm
This one day program provides a comprehensive understanding of how to respond to elder abuse, with a focus on the safety and wellbeing of older people experiencing abuse. It includes professional obligations, duty of care, clients rights, capacity and consent, collecting and reporting evidence and referral pathways.
Who should attend: case managers, supervisors, team leaders or those required to respond to elder abuse situations.
The short film Within My Walls is a glimpse into the lives of older people in suburban Melbourne, who have been affected by mistreatment at the hands of their families. Launched by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) with Intafusion films on 15 October, this landmark film is a community education tool designed to generate discussion about the topic of elder abuse.
Elder abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological and/or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elder abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, culture or religion, but because of shame, stigma, lack of awareness and options, it may be more hidden and under-reported in ethnic communities than in the general population. “ECCV’s advisory groups identified factors such as stigma about accepting help outside the family, not knowing where to go for help and increased dependency on adult children due to migration”, said ECCV’s deputy chairperson Marion Lau OAM.
The Office of the Public Advocate is holding three useful, free community education sessions:
1. Guardianship and Administration for Professionals
Thursday 11 September, 2:30-4pm
2. In Their Shoes
Wednesday 8 October 2014, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Understanding guardianship and administration, enduring powers of attorney and medical decision-making.
3. Take Control
Wednesday 12 November, 9:00 am – 1pm
Train the Trainer workshop on enduring powers of attorney and guardianship.
For more information, and to register, please go to www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/services/109 or contact Lorraine Lipson on 1300 309 337 or at OPAeducation@justice.vic.gov.au.