Susan Ryan, the former Senator and Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner, died on the weekend at the age of 77
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A project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Melbourne will help raise awareness of elder abuse throughout Australia. ‘Rotary Melbourne is the first and largest club in Australasia,’ said Dorothy Gilmour, who initiated the Rotary Safe Families Program along with Mary Barry.
‘We have created two films and a message from Victoria Police for people to access, download and use as a tool to stem the flow and for prevention of family violence in particular violence against women, its impact on our children and abuse of our elderly,’ said Ms Gilmour.
SRV Manager Jenny Blakey features along with the Commissioner for Senior Victorians Gerard Mansour in the video that discusses elder abuse.
‘I believe that everyone has the right to live safely and with dignity,’ Ms Blakey said in the video. ‘When I came to his job, I was really surprised that older people were not included. My concern is to make a change; to make some difference so that this [elder abuse] does not happen.’
Ms Gilmour is an educator in social sciences and therapist in trauma, loss and grief while Ms Barry was formerly chief executive officer of Our Watch, the national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children.
The Rotary Safe Families Program can be used at:
- Rotary meetings throughout Australia
- fund raisers on prevention of family violence/elder abuse
- as an educational or information program in the workplace or community.
Alpine Health Services, formed in 1996, spans three sites at Myrtleford, Mount Beauty and Bright and is nestled in one of the most picturesque regions in Victoria. Home to some of Australia’s best wine-growing districts and snow country, including Dinner Plain, Falls Creek and Mount Buffalo National Park, the area covers 4,788 square kilometres. In autumn, the area is renowned for its striking autumn colours with many of the trees lining the roads taking centre stage.
The Alpine Shire is also home to an increasing ageing population with a third of the total population of about 12,000 people (2016 Census) is over 60. Growing older in the area doesn’t mean being idle. Many of the locals are involved in different activities and events, including hiking, volunteering and actively advocating for the rights of older people.
In 2020, using the second round of funding from the Department of Justice’s Integrated Services Fund, Seniors Rights Victoria will deliver talks to around 30 groups of older people around the importance of planning for the future.
Most of these presentations will be for people living with dementia and their carers and families, while others will be to people from particular culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups. The focus this year will be on working with people from Chinese, Greek and Vietnamese backgrounds.
Are you an older adult in the Frankston or Mornington Peninsula area? Do you enjoy talking to people and want to make a difference in your community? Elder abuse is hidden in our community – you could help people understand it and talk about it. Join the Conversation Seeds training program to help you to find the words to start conversations and help others.
** Important date change **
The training program is held over two Wednesdays:
- 11 March, 10 am – 1.30 pm
- 18 March, 10 am – 1.30 pm
Mornington Community Information and Support Centre,
320 Main Street, Mornington
A Seniors Rights Victoria scoping project is calling for more culturally appropriate information about support services for older migrants who might be experiencing elder abuse.
Carmela Quimbo, a social work student on an extended placement at Seniors Rights Victoria, recently undertook a study into elder abuse and its relation to Contributory Parent visas. This topic was chosen because Seniors Rights Victoria’s casework team had been receiving more inquiries from older people living in Australia on Contributory Parent visas. Older people who migrate to Australia, often to assist with care for their grandchildren, may find themselves without access to Centrelink payments and health and social services if they are subject to elder abuse.
A booklet that provides practical steps to reduce elder abuse was launched recently by the Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Gerard Mansour.
More than 50 people attended the launch of Concerned About an Older Person in late November at the Colac Bowling Club.
The bookletwill be distributed to people who call the Seniors Rights Victoria helpline. ‘Half the people who call the helpline are concerned about someone they know,’ said Seniors Rights Victoria Manager Jenny Blakey.
‘A quarter of callers are service providers, and the rest are experiencing elder abuse from a family member or some other person who is close to them.
Seniors Rights Victoria has joined a coalition of more than 60 legal organisations opposing a proposal to merge the specialist Family Court of Australia with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
A letter to the federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, co-signed by Seniors Rights Victoria’s Principal Lawyer, Rebecca Edwards, said that greater not less specialisation in family law and family violence was needed.
A report by the Australian Law Reform Commission Report, released in April 2019, said that increasingly family law cases involve allegations of violence, child abuse and other risk factors.
More than 70 per cent of clients who received legal and advocacy services from Seniors Rights Victoria in the 2019-19 were women. While any older person can experience elder abuse, a person’s gender or sexual identity and related sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia may exacerbate their experience of violence.
The most prevalent issue was financial abuse, which was raised by 41 per cent of the 3572 callers to the Seniors Rights Victoria helpline – 1300 368 821.
Find out more information about the activities of Seniors Rights Victoria during the 2018-19 financial year in the COTA Victoria Review |2018 – 2019. Seniors Rights Victoria is a program of the Council on the Ageing Victoria.