The new Guardianship and Administration Act 2019, which came into effect on 1 March 2020, changes the way Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) appoints guardians and administrators for persons with diminished decision-making capacity.
The key changes include:
empowering VCAT to appoint supportive decision makers (for personal or financial matters) if the proposed represented person would benefit from assistance in making some types of decisions but they don’t actually need a substitute decision maker
All states and territories were represented at the consultation including state justice departments, public advocates, tribunals, banks, law societies, elder abuse legal centres like Seniors Rights Victoria, Councils on the Ageing, and older persons advocacy networks.read more
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.
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.read more
The Eastern Community Centre (ECLC) recently commenced two
new elder abuse response services, ROSE (Rights of Seniors in the East) and
ELSA (Engaging & Living Safely & Autonomously). The services are part
of the Commonwealth Attorney-General Department’s National Elder Abuse Service
Trials (2019-22) and add to ECLC existing elder abuse work, particularly in
ROSE (Rights of Seniors) provides an integrated,
multi-disciplinary service for seniors at risk of or experiencing abuse
(physical, psychological/emotional, financial, sexual or neglect) from a person
in a position of trust. The ROSE Community Lawyer, Advocate and Financial
Counsellor work together to provide advice, ongoing case management support and
referrals based on the client’s wishes and needs. read more
Seniors Rights Victoria was proud to help launch Timboon and District Healthcare Service’s new elder abuse prevention project, Warm Safe Home. The project focuses on one of our most treasured places, our home, in order to raise awareness of elder abuse.
The idea that from little things, big things grow is the foundation of a ‘conversation- seeding’ program tackling elder abuse. The program is working with older Victorians to help them increase community dialogue about ageing, and how ageism may lead to elder abuse.