Free Legal Matters & Ageing Forum 21st Feb 2017

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.



Tuesday 21st February 10:30am—12:30 pm

Venue: Caulfield Park Pavilion

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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!



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.



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.




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

Your invitation to help develop the RCFV’s Support and Safety Hubs

Please find an email invitation from the Victoria Government to participate in workshops in October that will develop the Support and Safety Hubs model  recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. For more information, email:

From:  []

Sent: Thursday, 29 September 2016 3:51 PM

Good afternoon,

You are invited to participate in developing the Support and Safety Hubs model, and to contribute to implementing one of the central recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Royal Commission recommended the introduction of Support and Safety Hubs in each of the 17 Department of Health and Human Service Areas to perform triage, risk and needs assessment and to ensure people are linked in with the services they need at the local level.  You can read more about the Royal Commission’s recommendations for the Support and Safety Hubs in Chapter 13 of the Commission’s report at

The Victorian Government is hosting a series of regional and metropolitan community workshops to develop a state wide concept for Support and Safety Hubs. These workshops will build on the recommendations of the Royal Commission to shape the initial thinking for how Support and Safety Hubs will function and operate, and how they can contribute to a service system delivering effective prevention, response and recovery for anyone experiencing family violence and for families with children at risk of abuse or neglect.

The purpose of these workshops is to create a state-wide model that will outline the key features of all Hubs across the state. This will form the basis of future co-design and planning to tailor Hubs to local communities, where there will be further opportunities for victim survivors, service providers, peak bodies and other sector stakeholders, representatives from all levels of government and other members of the community to take part. These workshops will build on the recent community conversations to develop a future vision for the family violence system.

You are welcome to attend any session, to register, simply click the relevant link below:

Geelong – Thursday 13th October –

Pakenham – Friday 14th October –

Horsham – Monday 17th October –

Swan Hill – Tuesday 18th October –

Shepparton – Wednesday 19th October –

Sale – Thursday 20th October –

Craigieburn – Friday 21st October –

We welcome you, your colleagues and your community to take part – so please forward this invitation to your networks and anyone who wants to partner with us to establish the foundations for the Support and Safety Hubs, how they could work and what they might look like. To get the most out of the session, we suggest that you read Chapter 13 – Pathways to service of the Commission’s report.

More information about the workshops and the government’s response to family violence can be found at

Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution,

Social Policy, Family Violence & Service Delivery Reform Department of Premier and Cabinet