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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 with Seniors Rights Victoria invites you to the 2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum in Melbourne on 15 June 2017 from 09.30 to 12.30.

Key presenters will be the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, and the Honourable Dr Kay Patterson AO, Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner. Also speaking is Mr. Gerard Mansour, the Commissioner for Senior Victorians, who was appointed as the Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse by the Victorian Government in late 2016, as part of its response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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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!

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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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Our Challenging Ageism paper launched!

This paper, produced jointly by COTA Vic and Seniors Rights Victoria, was launched on October 1 2016: the International Day of Older People. It provides an overview of ageism in Australia, examples (language, the media, elder abuse, and workplace discrimination), advice on how to stop it, and further resources. Please share it widely: Challenging Ageism