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With just six weeks to go ...

... until the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference, the 2018 Conference comes at a pivotal moment in terms of Australia’s response to elder abuse.  

You will have the opportunity to be involved in the 'fine tuning' of the Final Conference Statement. The Statement will summarise hundreds of Conference participant's survey results as well as a number of in-depth interviews. Our Conference message will be developed and finalised, to go to all Governments throughout Australia shortly after the event.

Ensure you are part of making change by adding your name and/or organisation's name as a supporter of the Statement.

Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP joins the Conference

Seniors Rights Service is delighted to confirm that the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney General, will be giving a plenary address at the Conference on day two.

Mark was elected to parliament in 2007 as the Member for Isaacs. He studied Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne. A former Director of the Law Council of Australia, Mark served on the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee and Victorian Bar Council. In 1999 he was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel.

Mark is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in creating a sustainable environment for our future generations. During 2013 Mark served as Attorney-General, Minister for Emergency Management, and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State.

Minister Dreyfus is one of 20 plenary speakers, including:

* Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health
Hon Tanya Davies MP, NSW Minister For Ageing
* Hon Anna Bligh AC, CEO Australian Bankers' Association
* Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
* Kathryn Greiner AO, NSW Chair of Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing
* Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Retired Judge Of High Court Of Australia and LGBTI Advocate
* Jane Caro, Social Commentator, Writer, Lecturer
* Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation On Ageing
* Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney General 

The program includes more than 60 concurrent sessions involving over 100 experts who are gathering to discuss how best to tackle Elder Abuse across all sectors of the community.

Keep checking the Draft Program for updates in the Conference Schedule:  Click here to view the draft program NOW!

  Delegate two day registration: $845 incl GST
  Senior & Student two day registration: $550 incl GST
  One day registration: $550 incl GST 

Your registration includes:

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

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Speaker Profile

Barbara O’Neill is a Dunghutti woman born on the Gadigal Country of the Eora Nation. She is currently working as an Aboriginal Support Worker at the Junction Neighbourhood Centre (Maroubra). 

‘Untold Stories’, her DVD and presentation at the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference, provides a unique perspective on the impacts of ageing on Aboriginal people. It draws on research done through her recently completed Post-Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery and Practice at Wollongong University. Currently Barbara is completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.


In a recent interview O’Neill discussed the impact of complex inter-generational trauma stemming from the ongoing affects of colonisation and dispossession.

“Elder Abuse increases the pain and trauma of the loss of place in communities that our elders and older people have endured due to the historical context of colonisation and genocide,” she said. “Many older Aboriginal people have direct experience of genocide, missions, stolen children, stolen wages, racism and apartheid. Is it any wonder elder abuse is under reported when the lived experience is mistrust of authority, especially police and government departments?”

Training Aboriginal people to work within their communities would be the best place to start addressing the complex issues that creates the conditions for elder abuse to occur.
Barbara also says that giving community recognised elders a role in addressing elder abuse would ensure affective community-led responses. “Let local elder groups sort out the reasons for the abuse in their own unique community. Listen to older people and take seriously why this problem is in their community. Responses have to come from within the community.”

Click here to listen to a recent interview with Barbara O’Neill where she talks about what can be done to better prevent elder abuse in Aboriginal communities. 

Partnership Opportunities

Interested in becoming a Conference Partner? 

This is a UNIQUE opportunity
to demonstrate your organisation’s support for this important social issue.
We have a limited number of attractive Partnership opportunities remaining that can be tailored to meet your specific marketing objectives.

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

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

National Planning Committee

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