An introduction to the key issues faced by older people who are leaving or have left prison
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This webinar will provide an introduction to the key issues faced by older people who are leaving prison or who have been previously incarcerated when trying to receive care to meet their needs.
Previous incarceration and/or a history of repeated cycles of incarceration and homelessness in the past are significant risk factors for homelessness and premature ageing. This is particularly the case for people with complex backgrounds and social- and financial-disadvantage, for example Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with mental illnesses, people with histories of drug and alcohol abuse and/or related brain injuries and care leavers. Many of previously incarcerated people fall through the gaps and are never supported to access appropriate services, including Assistance with Care and Housing (ACH) and other Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) services, Home Care Packages and residential aged care. If they do find an ACH service who is able to help them navigate the system, they face multiple barriers including prejudice from aged care service providers regarding previously incarcerated people and their right to service and practical issues relating to the potential safety of other residents and their families.
There are limited services available to provide linkage and support for people leaving prison and previously incarcerated people in Australia and was highlighted by the results of the consultations that led to the development of the Aged Care Diversity Framework Action Plan for older and prematurely aged people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plans). The draft Homelessness Action Plan to Government therefore recommended that older and prematurely aged people who are leaving prison or who have been previously incarcerated to be added to the Aged Care Diversity Framework as a diverse life experience/special needs group (access the draft Homelessness Action Plans for consumers, providers and Government here on the Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) website).
Our experts for today:
Dr Mindy Sotiri
Program Director- Advocacy
Research and Policy at the Community Restorative Centre
Mindy will provide an overview of key issues and statistics.
Mindy Sotiri BSW (UNSW) PhD (UNSW) has worked in criminal justice system settings as an advocate, researcher and community sector work for more than twenty years- primarily in the area of post-release and reintegration. She has been in her current role as the Director of Advocacy Policy and Research at the Community Restorative Centre (CRC) for the last seven years. In this capacity Mindy has been responsible for researching, developing and implementing evidence based best-practice with complex needs populations across a range of different program areas. Mindy serves on the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Board, is currently the community sector representative on the multi-agency High Risk Offender Assessment Committee, and is regularly called on to provide expert advice on community based post-release to both government and the NGO sector. In 2016 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to continue her research into best practice in post release in the international context.
Acting General Manager Operations at Wintringham
Phill will provide an aged care providers’ perspective on supporting older people who are
leaving prison or who have been previously incarcerated.
With a passion for social justice and quality service delivery, Phill is focused on improving health outcomes for everyone, particularly those who are vulnerable. His interests and expertise are in Aged Care Clinical Governance; Care and support options for ageing prisoners; and Behaviour support and management for behavioural and psychological systems of dementia (particularly ARBI). Phill is a Registered Nurse who trained and worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for many years in various roles.
He joined Wintringham in 2006 and in 2012 completed a travelling scholarship for Best Practice Options of Care for Older Prisoners.
Phill is an ACSA Victorian Divisional Councillor; a Member/Representative of ACSA VIC Residential Services Advisory Committee; and the Victorian State Representative of the National Residential Care Advisory Committee and a Williamson Fellow 2009
Founder and CEO of Care Page and Hello Care Magazine
Lauren will provide an advocacy perspective and facilitate the webinar.
Lauren has worked in the healthcare industry for over 15 years from clinical to senior managerial roles across acute, palliative care and aged care services. A highlight of her career was setting up a community dementia care service at one of the leading private hospitals in Victoria. A previous young Melbourne Hub Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and a Masters of Health of Human Services Management graduate. In 2017, she was awarded as one of Australian Financial Reviews Westpac 100 Women of Influence.
Lauren has established the CarePage and HelloCare to drive improved quality of care for the elderly through data collection and analytics tools in the aged care and retirement village sector. She founded Aged Care Report Card Pty Ltd back in 2014 that was the genesis of the innovation that is shaping the market today.
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Event Date & Time: Tuesday 10th March 1.00pm - 2.00pm AEDT
Event Location: WEBINAR, National
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