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Attorney-General Hon Christian Porter MP
to Deliver Keynote Address



The National Planning Committee has been building the Conference program for the last six months. After working closely with more than 200 contributors the FINAL PROGRAM is now ready for release.

Click here to view the final program.


The Commonwealth’s new Attorney-General Hon Christian Porter MP is now confirmed to deliver a keynote address at the Conference closing plenary.

The Attorney-General will play a key role through the year ahead in leading the Government’s response to the recommendations outlined in last year’s Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Elder Abuse.

Click here to view the ALRC report.


The program for the Together Making Change Conference is rich and diverse. It has been planned so that stakeholders across multiple sectors and diverse communities have an opportunity to come together at this critical time in Australia’s response to elder abuse. A feature of the program is the work done by Samantha Edmonds and her team at the National LGBTI Health Alliance, Silver Rainbow.

Learn more by watching Samantha Edmonds interview - click here.

Recently we spoke with Samantha Edmonds, Manager of Silver Rainbow Ageing and Aged Care Projects at the National LGBTI Health Alliance. In her work with Silver Rainbow Samantha provides national coordination and supports activities to promote the well-being of LGBTI elders and the ongoing delivery of LGBTI awareness training to create an LGBTI inclusive aged care sector across Australia.

Not being recognised in the aged care system and lifelong issues of discrimination and exclusion were cited by Ms Edmonds as key issues for older LGBTI people, with many of these people being fearful of whether they will be safe, accepted and recognised in aged care.

“We have to recognise that the aged care system does not acknowledge LGBTI older people and that LGBTI older people do not want to engage in the system that has discriminated against them for their whole life,” she said.

Ms Edmonds discussed how LGBTI older people are often sidelined in discussions regarding elder abuse, and that the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference will be a good starting point to change this.

“There are some really specific issues that LGBTI older people face, and these don’t always get caught up in general discussions around elder abuse, or in general responses to elder abuse, or they’re not actually seen as elder abuse in the same way that other abuses are seen,” she said.

“The Elder Abuse Conference is a really great starting point to start these discussions around the impact of elder abuse across diverse communities. These discussions need to happen to start driving that change and to start driving the next steps that’ll happen after the Conference.”

At the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference Ms Edmonds will facilitate LGBTI Communities: A Unique Experience of Elder Abuse panel at 3:50pm on Monday 19 February.

Learn more by watching Samantha Edmonds interview - click here.

Hon Christian Porter MP, Government Attorney-General 
Dr Elsie Yan, Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 
Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care
Hon Tanya Davies MP, NSW Minister for Ageing
Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Retired Judge of High Court of Australia & LGBTI Advocate
Prof Rebecca Morgan, Stetson University, Florida, USA
Nicholas Cowdery AM, QC, Former Director of Public Prosecutions and Human Rights Promoter
Jody Broun, Director, NSW/ACT, Australian Red Cross
Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney-General


Join more than 500 Conference delegates.

Get involved in more than 22 interactive panel discussions and participation workshops.

Hear keynote addresses from over 20 leaders from across Australia and internationally.

Engage with more than 200 presenters from grassroots organisations to national research programs.

Listen to stories and the experiences of people impacted by elder abuse.

Participate in the development of a Final Conference Statement.

Become involved in shaping a national response to elder abuse.

Click here to view the final program.


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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The Hon Kay Patterson, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission is guest of honour at the Conference social event.

Master of Ceremonies at the event will be Virginia Trioli with entertainment by Shauna Jensen.

Network with your Conference peers from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 19 February 2018. With stunning views of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the social event will be held at Water @ Pier One, Walsh Bay, Sydney. Tickets for the social event may be purchased during the registration process. 


Some sessions may be appropriate to attract Mandatory Continued Legal Education (MCLE) points for Lawyers for professional development. Solicitors should make their own assessment of whether the session meets their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, and maintain their own records for meeting CPD requirements according to their jurisdiction or Law Society requirements. CPD requirements for other professionals may also need to look at their own profession’s obligations and requisites

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

on behalf of:
National Planning Committee

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