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21 Sep 19

Risks and living well in old age: balancing risks and autonomy

Media attention on ageing and aged care can portray an older person’s behaviour as risky, yet the associated question of autonomy is not often discussed.

The recent Royal Commission on Safety and Quality in Aged Care and the new Aged Care Quality Standards (effective from July 2019) also shine light on ongoing risk averse behaviours of health professionals, researchers and policy makers.

This seminar will challenge biases, attitudes and assumptions toward older people, particularly in relation to older people striving for autonomy in the face of declining health and increasing need for assistance to live well.

Participants in this seminar will:

  • Learn from the experts about risk and autonomy in ageing and what it means to older people
  • Consider their own attitudes and biases when in a position of trust and power in the health and ageing field
  • Explore attitudes to ageing within the policy and care sector through discussions
  • Form new networks with other health professionals and researchers

Hear from our experts:

Professor Joe Ibrahim is Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University and continues an active role as a practising Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine. His qualifications include MB BS, GradCertHighEd, PhD, FAFPHM, FRACP.
Professor Ibrahim is the lead author of “Recommendations for prevention of injury-related deaths in residential aged care services.” This work has informed and been cited in the Australian Law Reform Commission into Elder Abuse and, the current Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality.
Joseph is the inaugural and current editor of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué and the producer and narrator of the international award winning animated short film 'Dignity of Risk' which promotes choice and improves quality of life for residents.

Ms Nicki Doran is the Manager, Older People Policy in The Seniors, Ageing and Aged Care branch in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and brings a systems and policy perspective to the conversation about autonomy and risk. Her background in Occupational Therapy also adds a clinical lens. Nicki seeks to improve the way the system responds to older people who are vulnerable to harm in hospital, and avoidable decline in the community. Current work includes identifying how hospitals respond to older people with acute care needs, and an evaluation of Victoria’s geriatric management and evaluation service. Nicki was also involved in the development of Victoria’s advance care planning policy, and implementation of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.

Dr Claudia Meyer is a Research Fellow at the Bolton Clarke Research Institute, bringing an implementation perspective to the discussion of autonomy and risk in service provider practice.
Claudia’s PhD focus was on the translation of falls prevention knowledge for community-dwelling people with dementia, utilising a tool to generate conversation about strategies to address falls risk factors. She uses her knowledge and skills in a current Bolton Clarke project, ‘Enabling Choices’, a risk negotiation tool to drive discussion between health providers, people with dementia and informal carers.
She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy, a Masters of Public Health and PhD from La Trobe University. She is currently a Director of the Board of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and Student/Early Career representative for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia Oceania region.

In collaboration with ANZSGM (Vic)

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Event Date & Time: Saturday 21st September 9.00am - 1.00pm

Event Location: NARI, 34 - 54 Poplar Rd, Parkville, VIC
Seminar Room
National Ageing Research Institute Ltd.
(Enter via Gate 4)

Registrations Open: 8th Aug 19 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 21st Sep 19 11:59 PM

Places Available: 3

Your Investment

AAG Members Free
ANZSGM Members Free (ANZSGM will be sending a 100% discount voucher code to their membership)
Non Members $75

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