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COVID 19 Vaccine Information Webinar

As an older person, you probably have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We hope we answered some of them in our first webinar which you can replay here.

OPAN's second webinar on Tuesday, February 23, at 11:30 AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time focuses on the process for you to provide consent, or decline, whichever you choose.

Although having the COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged, the choice is ultimately yours. The panel will discuss the informed consent process and the right to have your decision making supported and respected.

OPAN is delighted to see many residential aged care facilities screening OPAN's webinars in communal spaces for residents, and would love to see more inclusion, and photos! Share photos of your screening on social media and tag OPAN!

A panel of aged care sector professionals will join OPAN for a free webinar on Tuesday, February 23, at 11.30 AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time to talk you through what informed consent means, and how you can give it. A live Q&A will follow.

We will cover

  • What is informed consent and how to give it
  • Supported decision making about COVID-19 immunisation
  • Residential aged care vaccination preparations
  • The role of medical power of attorney and enduring guardians
  • Where to turn with further questions

On the panel

  • Geoff Rowe, CEO Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia
  • Theresa Flavin, OPAN National Older Persons Reference Group member
  • Dr Melanie Wroth, Chief Clinical Advisor, Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission
  • Vanda Iaconese, Chief Executive Officer, Doutta Galla Aged Services

Join us to learn more about the process of giving informed consent for a COVID-19 vaccination, and how to facilitate supported decision making around immunisation.

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LGBTQIA65+ Equality at Every Age Webinar

Julie McCrossin AM moderates a diverse panel of members from the Rainbow community as they explore the particular characteristics and vulnerabilities of older LGBTQIA+ people and talk about real life examples of elder abuse in their community and how they are planning to stay happy and healthy as they age.

Sponsored by Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, this webinar seeks to explore the impact of elder abuse within the LGBTQIA+ communities and to also promote sources of information, resources and service providers that are accessible and friendly to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Join the discussion and ask our panel members to share the steps they are taking personally to protect themselves from abuse as they age and to offer hope, while raising awareness about the importance of self-protection as individuals and as a community.

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The Goodbye Guide

COTA Western Australia

Have you talked to your family about end of life? It may be uncomfortable, but the practical tools in the Goodbye Guide help you collate important information, so your loved ones know where to locate it in the event of your passing.

03 Feb 2021
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How's Your Head Today

Head to Health

COVID-19 is having a big impact on Australians’ mental health. The ‘How’s your head today?’ campaign aims to encourage all Australians to make their mental health and wellbeing a priority. Check out all the helpful resources you can access.

29 Jan 2021
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Stay on Your Feet Falls Prevention Program

Injury Matters & Western Australian Department of Health

Moving your body, improving your health and removing hazards are three vital ways to prevent falls for people over 60. Funded by the WA Department of Health, Stay on Your Feet Falls Prevention Program has helpful information and resources to keep you in balance. 

27 Jan 2021
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Mindguide Western Sydney

Western Sydney PHN

An important access hub for local mental health resources in Western Sydney. Mindguide offers mental health information, resources, directories and more, for professionals, individuals and carers.

25 Jan 2021
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Experimental Estimates of the Prevalence of Elder Abuse in Australian Aged Care Facilities

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

"The prevalence of elder abuse in Australian residential care is estimated to be 39.2%.” Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

22 Jan 2021
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Unlawful Sexual Contact In Residential Aged Care: A Practical Guide for Aged Care Providers Supporting Victims

Dr Catherine Barrett and the Australian Association of Gerontology

Dr Catherine Barrett and the Australian Association of Gerontology has released a guide to help service providers respond to reports of unlawful sexual contact.

21 Jan 2021
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COVID-19 Information

Australian Government Department of Health

Permanent aged care residents can take temporary leave from their aged care home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this helpful leaflet to learn more.

11 Dec 2020
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Reach Out & Reconnect campaign

Port Stephens Examiner & MP Kate Washington

Each week, the Examiner will feature stories on issues such as elder abuse, domestic and family violence, mental health, emergency accommodation, financial support, counselling services for youth and adults and community and support groups. The idea is that these stories will help people identify if they need support or help, and point them in the right direction to finding it.

23 Nov 2020
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