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15 Nov 19

Human Rights and Ageing: Are we doing what’s right?

Human rights are increasingly coming under the spotlight within Australia. With the recent passing of the Human Rights Act in Queensland there is a great focus among the public, community, and research sectors about the implications of the Act for organisations and individuals. At the same time, Australia continues to grapple with reform around care services, access, and quality including care for older people and the end of life.

This session will explore the opportunities and challenges for Queensland through the lens of human rights and ageing. What do human rights and the Human Rights Act mean for how we plan for an ageing future? What can we learn from the UK?

This event will bring together a unique panel of experts to Explore the opportunities and challenges for Queensland through the lens of human rights and ageing. What do human rights and the Human Rights Act mean for how we plan for an ageing future? What can we learn from the UK?

  • Learn about the UK experience of human rights policies and their implications for older people
  • Explore the implications of the Human Rights Act for older people and their communities, service providers, community organisations, and policy makers
  • Discuss issues, ideas, and opportunities for Queensland with leading experts
  • Are we getting it right?

Hear from our leading experts:

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and Co-Chairs four All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. Sally is also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum. Sally is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK; was Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance from 2010-17 and is now their Special Ambassador; and was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.
Baroness Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International.
Sally holds honorary doctorates from nine UK universities and her work on ageing has been recognised by the UN Committee on Ageing. Sally was UK Woman of Europe in 1990 and has been an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales supporting responsible business practice.
Baroness Greengross is the AAG 2019 Gary Andrews International Fellow, who are hosting her visit.


Scott McDougall commenced as Commissioner on 8 October 2018, when the Human Rights Commission was still named the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland. Prior to his appointment he was the Director and Principal Solicitor at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane. Since admission to legal practice in 1993 he has advocated on behalf of communities and conducted litigation particularly in the areas of discrimination, native title, criminal law, and guardianship and coronial inquiries. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. He is also a member of the Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Committee, Griffith University Law School Visiting Committee, University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre Advisory Board, Legal Aid Queensland First Nations Advisory Committee, and Founding Director of Elder Abuse Action Australia.



Daphne Pirie MBE AO was a nationally ranked Australian athlete, hockey player, golfer. She is now a world-ranked Master's Athlete, winning eight gold medals in international competitions. In 2012, Pirie was named a Queensland Great on Queensland Day and received an Order of Australia for her services to sports administration, hockey and as an advocate for women and girls in sport. She is a board member of the Queensland Academy of Sport and President of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of fame.




Mark McArdle MP is the Member for Caloundra. He is Deputy Chair of the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee, which is currently tasked with the Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying in Queensland. He is also a member of the Ethics Committee. Prior to election, Mr McArdle was a solicitor with particular involvement in family law.


Facilitated by:

Tracey Davern has been the Chair of the board of Footprints in Brisbane Inc since 2012.
Footprints is a well regarded Brisbane based not for profit organisation which provides
quality, client-centred support services to people from diverse backgrounds and with
complex needs. Under Tracey’s leadership Footprints has achieved exponential growth
during a period of great funding uncertainty and significant change in the health and
community sectors. Tracey is also a highly experienced corporate lawyer who works for
an international law firm advising clients on complex mergers and acquisitions.
She holds an Bachelor of Arts/Law (Honours) from the University of Queensland.


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Event Date & Time: 15th Nov 9.00am - 11.00am

Event Location: Premier’s Hall, Parliament House, QLD
2A George St
Brisbane City
QLD 4000

Registrations Open: 28th Oct 19 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 13th Nov 19 9:00 PM

Places Available: 7

This is a free event

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