Taking action against elder abuse

National Seniors Australia is proud to support the National Elder Abuse Conference to be held in Brisbane on 22 and 23 July.

Hosted by Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia and Caxton Legal Centre, this is a conference unapologetically focused on action and outcomes and a fresh approach to drive REAL change.

The theme—‘Rock the Boat’—is indicative of the conference’s aim to challenge the status quo and eliminate elder abuse with insight, creativity and passion.

It is hosted by ABC News breakfast presenter Virginia Trioli and features former USA elder abuse prosecutor Paul Greenwood, and widely published author and speaker Kate Swaffer, who brings her personal perspective on the challenges associated with a dementia diagnosis.

Also featured in the line-up is internationally respected Bethany Brown from Human Rights Watch (New York), plus investigative journalist Anne Connolly who publicly cracked open the case of elder abuse in aged care and has since been covering the Royal Commission. Those with lived experience will also be on the stage and in the room, reminding us of the important responsibility and opportunity we all have to make a major difference.

Find out more at neac2019.com.au.

A concessional conference registration rate applies for seniors.

National Seniors to present at the conference

As part of the official National Elder Abuse Conference program, Professor John McCallum, National Seniors Australia CEO and Director of Research will discuss National Seniors Australia’s recent research on the digital divide in older Australians and findings regarding seniors and scams.

Scams have been around forever, long before the advent of digital technology, but it has increased the opportunities massively and made them international. The new frontier for elder abuse is now the internet.

Recent research conducted by National Seniors Australia suggests that older Australians have been using their lifetimes of experience to develop strategies to protect themselves from scams, whether in real life or online.

Professor John McCallum will share the results of this research in the context of a discussion of the resilience of older Australians at risk of abuse at this illuminating breakfast and networking event.

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