Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021
Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and COTA Tasmania are proud partners in the Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021. These important conversations will continue in the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference in Hobart.
Forum 1: Unveiling Ageism, Elder Abuse and Rights in the Age of COVID-19
10-11.30am AEDT, 1 March 2021
Join our expert international panel to hear how COVID-19 shines a light on ageism and elder abuse in our communities and institutions. Speakers will describe the social, economic and rights-based tools to combat elder abuse already available or within our grasp, and the steps we need to take.
Forum 1 Topics
- How has the COVID-19 experience of Italy enabled and exposed the abuse of older people’s rights?
- How has COVID-19 enabled and exposed the abuse of older people’s rights in residential aged care?
- How can economic and social investments in healthy ageing contribute to the prevention of elder abuse?
- Is an investment in climate action an investment in healthy ageing?
- Age discrimination is a major factor in elder abuse. What can governments and the community do to counteract the pervasive effects of ageism?
- How has COVID-19 influenced attempts to raise support for a global convention on the rights of older persons?
Speakers in order of presentation:
- Professor Diego de Leo AO
- Sarah Bolt
- Ian Yates AM
- Professor John Beard
- The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO
- Dr Kiran Rabheru
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.
The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference
The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conference in April 2021 is the leading event in Australia for aged, health and human service providers to develop their knowledge, skills and practice to meet the needs of older LGBTI people.
This conference brings together health practitioners, researchers, academics, policymakers, community members, community organisations large and small, , advocates, and others who are interested in improving the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people.
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.
Senior Australian of the Year for 2021
Congratulations to Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, Senior Australian of the year for 2021. She was recognised for her contribution to children’s education in the NT and her commitment to making Australia a better place.
How's Your Head Today
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.
Experimental Estimates of the Prevalence of Elder Abuse in Australian Aged Care Facilities
"The prevalence of elder abuse in Australian residential care is estimated to be 39.2%.” Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
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 has released a guide to help service providers respond to reports of unlawful sexual contact.
Your Caring Future
Your Caring Way is a free program for carers wanting to pursue training, education, volunteering or employment. It aims to inspire positive change by connecting people to real opportunities.
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.