Are you working on a project, o
r do you have an idea or experience to share concerning elder abuse?

Then don't miss out - the 'Call For Abstracts' will be closing on Friday 1 September!

Seniors Rights Service is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of the rights of older Australians in the community, to providing legal advice, aged-care advocacy and rights-based education.

he 5th National Elder Abuse Conference is being hosted by the Seniors Rights Service in Sydney on 19 and 20 February 2018. The Conference is titled: ‘Together Making Change’. The National Organising Committee has purposely chosen this name as we strongly believe that any enduring response to the important social issue of elder abuse requires multiple stakeholders working together.

Submit Your Abstract to be Considered
as a Presenter in the Program

If you, or someone you know, have something to say about elder abuse, we encourage you to submit an abstract by Friday 1 September to be considered as a presenter in the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference program. 

We are looking for personal stories, innovative projects and emerging research data from those working in the front line or those directly impacted by elder abuse.

We are planning a program that will be interactive, dynamic and stimulating. So don't delay ... read more about the submission process by clicking here.

Or if you wish to discuss your idea further feel free to contact our Conference Secretariat at or 02 9419 4889.

IN THE NEWS: Retirement Villages

Recent investigations and reports into retirement villages by ABC’s 4 Corners television program and Fairfax Media reveals financial exploitation of older people living in retirement villages. Many are locked into contracts with providers where the older person carries exorbitant financial risk. Contracts appear to have been designed in order to extract as much money from the older person as possible while not providing advertised services.

With exit fees often as high as 40% of the value of the property many people cannot afford to leave and are locked into situations that are emotionally and financially distressing. This is financial exploitation which is the most common form of elder abuse reported.

Seniors Rights Service CEO Russell Westacott says: “Retirement villages need greater government oversight to stop the ongoing financial exploitation of older people. Where the retirement village is operated by a corporation the Commonwealth government has the opportunity to address this issue. Unscrupulous retirement village operators are perpetrating elder abuse through overly complex contracts that benefit corporations over the rights of older people.”


The great majority of retirement village operators treat older people with respect and dignity. However media reports on the systemic abuse of older people whether in aged care or retirement villages are far too frequent. Decisive measures need to be taken by both state and federal governments to provide greater oversight of the sector.

Tighter regulations need to be developed to ensure all services to older, vulnerable Australians are delivered fairly and respectfully, and resources need to be directed to adequate funding of investigation and compliance agencies.

Featured Conference Speakers

Amongst our confirmed list of plenary speakers at the Conference, you will hear keynote addresses from:

Dr Jane Barratt

Secretary General
International Federation on Ageing

Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP

Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care

MC Virginia Trioli

Master of Ceremonies

See our full line up of plenary speakers on the Conference Website.

Register NOW!

WILL YOU JOIN US at the Conference to be part of the conversation, discussing how collaboratively we can start working towards a society free of elder abuse and exploitation of some of Australia’s most vulnerable people?

Be part of the vibrant and robust exchange of ideas as over 400 academics and researchers, policy makers and government agencies, those with lived experience, public servants, service providers, and community workers who have contact with older people all come together at the Conference to explore solutions and responses to elder abuse.

Register now to join us for the Conference.

Your registration will include:

  • Attendance at all sessions (for the day/s you have registered).
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
  • Conference briefing pack.            

For further information about ticket types, prices and to register, please visit the Conference website.

Conference Social Event

Relax and continue networking with your Conference peers at the Conference Social Event being held from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 19 February.

With stunning views of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy an evening at Water @ Pier One, Walsh Bay, Sydney.

Tickets for the social event may be purchased during the registration process.

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If you have been forwarded this email and would like to receive future information about the Conference, please click here to register your details and we shall send you further information as it becomes available.

Partnership Opportunities

Would you like to showcase your services and initiatives to an influential audience?

Becoming a Conference Partner will provide you with a unique opportunity to demonstrate your organisation’s support for this important social issue.

We have a range of attractive Partnership opportunities that can be tailored to meet your specific marketing objectives.

Please contact our Conference Secretariat on telephone: 02 9419 4889 or email: to discuss this opportunity in greater detail.

We look forward to seeing you at the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference.

National Planning Committee

We would like to thank our Conference Partners for their generous support of the
5th National Elder Abuse Conference:

Diamond Partner:

Silver Partners:

Bronze Partners:


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