Seniors Rights Victoria is delighted to welcome two new members to the team this month.
Melanie Joosten is our new Policy Officer and her focus is on developing Seniors Rights Victoria policy on elder abuse in the context of family violence and the ongoing reforms resulting from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Melanie comes to us from the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) where for the past 5 years she has been contributing to research on health promotions, and more recently, elder abuse. The elder abuse research at NARI was done in collaboration with Seniors Rights Victoria and drew on our growing body of data about abuse of older people.
Jane Eeles is joining our team as an Advocate for the next 12 months. She has previously worked with older people in various positions which involved direct client support roles and for the past 3 years has been working for the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) as part of their Advice and Education Team. She will continue to work with OPA one day a week.
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
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!
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.
E-newsletter November 2016
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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.
Responding to elder abuse – please see the flyer