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Commonwealth Attorney-General 
Hon Christian Porter MP will provide a keynote address at the 
5th National Elder Abuse Conference


Only THREE Weeks Until Opening

Seniors Rights Service is delighted to be hosting the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference — Together Making Change. The Conference comes at a critical time in Australia’s response to elder abuse.

Frontline workers from service agencies and communities know that elder abuse — in all its forms — continues to make increasing demands on the responses already in place.

In 2017 the Australian Law Reform Commission handed down its report and recommendations after its national inquiry into elder abuse and there were several high-profile systemic elder abuse cases within aged-care settings that received significant media attention. This led to a number of government sponsored inquiries.

All the while various social research indicates that the prevalence of elder abuse in Australian society is at least 5% — that’s at least 182,000 older people from across our families and communities that are directly impacted. Without a national prevalence study we do not know the detail of the national picture… the story might be much worse.

We need to work together — across multiple sectors — to ensure we build on our existing work and respond to the systemic issues highlighted in recent public inquiries and similar exercises. We need to be advocates for change. Join over 500 delegates who each have a passion to create change in 2018.

CLICK HERE to listen to the CEO of Seniors Rights Service Russell Westacott (above, right) and the President Craig Gear (above, left) talk about the need for action on elder abuse.


We are very pleased to welcome Sue Pieters-Hawke as our Conference Ambassador.

Through her lived experience caring for her mother, Sue became an “accidental advocate” and is now known throughout Australia for her expertise and passion in the areas of dementia, positive ageing, care, and community. “This Conference brings much needed attention to the overlooked issue of elder abuse. Australia needs to take urgent action on this issue”, said Pieters-Hawke.

Dementia is known as a factor for increased risk of experiencing elder abuse. Sue brings her knowledge and experience of dementia, ageing and older people’s rights and her public profile to Ambassador for Together Making Change. With her heartfelt commitment to the community, in the lead-up to the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference Sue will work with us to bring attention to the issue of elder abuse throughout Australia.



- 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.


- Hon Christian Porter MP, Commonwealth Attorney-General (right)

- 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 & LGBTI Advocate
- Jane Caro, Social Commentator, Writer, Lecturer
- Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation On Ageing
- Graham Aitken, CEO, Aboriginal Elders and Community Care Services Inc. (AECCS)
- Hon Mark Dreyfus MP, Shadow Attorney-General
- Ellen Fanning, Award Winning Current Affairs Journalist
- Jodie Broun, Director NSW/ACT Australian Red Cross (right)
- Susan Somers JD, Secretary General, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, USA 
- Dr Keith Suter, Media Commentator
- Nicholas Cowdery AM, QC, BA, LLB, HONLLD, FAAL, Former Director of Public Prosecutions and Human Rights Promoter
- Virginia Trioli, Master of Ceremonies
- Prof Rebecca Morgan, Stetson University, Florida, USA
- Dr Elsie Yan, Associate Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Krishna Gautam, Founder Chairperson, Ageing Nepal

Click here to view the draft program NOW!

Conference Registration
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.

Register Here!

Come along to a FREE Community Event for the over 55s!

Sunday 18th February at Penrith Panthers from 1-4pm

Learn about Respect: What it is, how to get it, how to keep it!

· Be entertained by the delightful Queenie van de Zandt
· Enjoy a delicious High Tea
· Lucky door prizes
· Guest Speakers
· A great QUIZ!

All for FREE!
Places are limited so book your place now CLICK HERE.

A satellite event of Together Making Change - 5th National Elder Abuse Conference.

MCLE and CPD Points:

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

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.

on behalf of:
National Planning Committee

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

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