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A panel of representatives from police forces across Australia as well as other key community leaders will explore the issue of best practice policing when addressing elder abuse.

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NSW Police: Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow  Victoria Police: Superintendent Libby Murphy, Family
Violence Command
Queensland Police: Inspector Regan Carr, Officer in Charge, Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit
Join a panel of people working in Aboriginal communities on responding to elder abuse. Hear their creative responses and have a yarn after the presentations.

boriginal Community Services (ACS) is the largest aged care service provider for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders in Adelaide and South Australia, providing a full continuum of aged care services. ACS has a Community Visitor Scheme that provides visitors to socially isolated Elders. Aged care services and support are provided in Adelaide and the APY lands in the far north of SA, to approximately 500 Elders.

Graham Aitken (right) is the Chief Executive Officer of ACS. Prior to this, Graham worked for over 15 years with various Commonwealth and State Government Departments and programs specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In his last position in Government, Graham was responsible for the administration and funding for all Aboriginal HACC services and programs across South Australia. Graham completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Adelaide's Flinders University as a mature aged student with majors in International Business and Human Resource Management and a minor in Business Economics. Graham was born in Oodnadatta in SA far north and his family are Yankunytjatjara. Graham has a passion and commitment to ensure that during the current Aged Care Reforms, all Elders have access to reliable and consistent aged care services, no matter where they might live.


Barbara O’Neill (right) 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.

Listen to an interview with Barbara O’Neill where she discusses what can be done to support elders and prevent abuse of older people in Aboriginal communities.

Listen to Podcast with Barbara O'Neill by clicking here


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. 

View a Message from Sue Pieters-Hawke by clicking here


Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner spoke on ABC’s Radio National ‘Drive’ program this week about the upcoming Conference.

Listen to Hon Kay Patterson's ABC RN Interview by clicking here

Hon Anna Bligh AC, CEO, Australian Bankers' Association
Dr Keith Suter, Media Commentator
Hon Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission 
Krishna Gautam, Founder Chairperson, Ageing Nepal
Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing
Hon Christian Porter MP, Commonwealth Attorney-General
Ellen Fanning, Award Winning Current Affairs Journalist
Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney-General 
Susan Somers, Secretary General, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse


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.

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