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Free Community Forum: ‘Older, Wiser and in Control: Respecting Seniors’ Rights’

Seniors Rights Victoria, Bayside City Council and St Leonard’s Uniting Church are pleased to present an open discussion about elder abuse – the signs, prevention and resources for seniors, family and community members.

Sunday August 27th, 2.00 – 3.30pm

St Leonard’s Uniting Church, 2 Wolseley Grove, Brighton

This is a free event, but please register at contact@stleonards.org.au.

Click here for a copy of the flyer.

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.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum – Safeguarding Older Australians

June 15 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate and Seniors Rights Victoria invite you to a free 2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum in Melbourne on Thursday 15 June.

At the forum, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, Attorney-General, will launch the Report of the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into ‘Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse’.

We will also hear from key presenters:

  • President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM; and
  • Hon. Dr. Kay Patterson AO, Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner.

Part two of the forum will help you gain a practical understanding of how some key organisations are responding to elder abuse. Our lively and interactive Q&A panel will include:

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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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