Seniors Rights Victoria supports Law Week 2018

Seniors Rights Victoria is supporting events that help raise awareness of elder abuse being hosted throughout the state as part of this year’s Law Week, from 14-20 May.

Law Week is an annual festival of events that makes learning about the law easy. Held in May each year, Law Week has taken place across Victoria since 1980. Presented by the Victoria Law Foundation (VLF) with the support of its Event Partners and sponsors, including Seniors Rights Victoria, Law Week offers Victorians the opportunity to find answers to their legal questions, discover the history of the courts or simply enjoy the spectacle of the law.

Seniors Rights Victoria Manager Jenny Blakey said the state-wide specialist elder abuse service was pleased to be able to partner to present events. These events raise awareness of elder abuse and the importance of supporting older people appropriately with the decisions being made which affect them.

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

“Older people are essential in the fabric of our society. It’s time for us to acknowledge their importance and recognise they are entitled to the respect of their communities and especially their families,” Ms Blakey said.

The relevant free events are:

14-17 May:  Law Week Hub pop-up: Elder abuse prevention and support, 12:30-2pm daily, at Fed Square, Swanston Street forecourt

Our Helpline advocates will be on hand at the Law Week Festival Hub to provide information about how this service supports older people experiencing elder abuse. No bookings required.

15 May: Legal Matters & Ageing Seminar, 2-4pm, at Orbost Service Centre, 1 Ruskin St

Free seniors seminar covering topics on Enduring Powers of Attorney, Ageism and Planning Ahead. Learn more about your legal rights and options, have your questions answered and receive the free kit Take Control – A Guide to Making Enduring Powers of Attorney. Bookings essential by calling 51523063 or calling into Bairnsdale U3A. Bookings essential by calling 5152 4225 or in person at the library.

Presented by East Gippsland Shire Council and Seniors Rights Victoria.

16 May: Legal Matters & Ageing Seminar, 1-3pm, at Bairnsdale U3A, corner of Service & Rupert St

Free seniors seminar covering topics on Enduring Powers of Attorney, Ageism and Planning Ahead. Learn more about your legal rights and options, have your questions answered and receive the free kit Take Control – A Guide to Making Enduring Powers of Attorney. Bookings essential by calling 51523063 or calling into Bairnsdale U3A.

Presented by East Gippsland Shire Council, Seniors Rights Victoria and Bairnsdale U3A.

19 May: Getting to grips with the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act, 8:45-10am, at Law Institute of Victoria, Tony Smith Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

 The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 came into effect on 12 March 2018, bringing with it significant changes to medical treatment laws. This seminar is designed to provide vital information regarding the Act, to assist people to understand how the new laws enable people of all ages to plan for their future medical treatment, including advance care directives, substitute and support decision making, and the validity of existing documents made under the old laws. Bookings essential by calling 9607 9473 or email register@liv.asn.au

Presented by the Law Institute of Victoria

18 May Elder Abuse Information Session, 2-3pm, Castlemaine Library, 212 Barker St, Castlemaine 

Join Senior Rights Victoria Principal Lawyer Rebecca Edwards for an information session on elder abuse and protecting your rights as you grow older. Topics covered include enduring powers of attorney and advanced health care directives with a focus on prevention and support. Free kits are available on the day

Presented by Castlemaine Community Health, Goldfield Libraries and Seniors Rights Victoria