Past Webinar Recordings

16 Aug 17

Webinar - Elder Abuse

Increasingly, we are becoming aware of the growing problem of elder abuse, and the harm that it causes to older people and their families. Elder abuse can detrimentally effect the well-being of older people and shape the care and support that many older people may, or may not, receive at crucial vulnerable stages of their lives.

During this webinar, experts from Australia and New Zealand will explore the problem of elder abuse and the complexities involved in dealing with elder abuse.

This is a complex and frightening issue and in this session participants will learn more about:

  • Elder abuse is not only about the physical and emotional trauma that is unfortunately common, but also financial abuse, how we can protect older people from this type of abuse
  • Current research from Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Two real life cases studies of abuse and neglect and lessons learnt to achieve successful outcomes

Hear from the Leading Experts

Dr Rachel Carson, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA/LLB (Hons) (Melb), PhD (Melb), Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia

Dr Rachel Carson is a socio-legal researcher with expertise in family law and qualitative research about family law disputes. After practising as a family lawyer, Rachel worked as a researcher in family law at the Melbourne Law School and undertook her PhD in this field of research. Since joining the Family Law and Family Violence team at the Australian Institute of Family Studies in June 2012, Rachel’s has primarily worked on the Independent Children’s Lawyer Study, the Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments project, together with the elder abuse scoping studies commissioned by the Australian Government, Attorney-General’s Department. Rachel's current research includes an examination of the experiences of children and young people after the separation of their parents and the extent to which their needs are met by the existing family law system services. Rachel is a consulting editor for the Family Law Review journal and epresents the Institute as the AIFS observer on the Family Law Council, a body that provides policy advice on family law to the Commonwealth Attorney-General.

Dr. Judith Davey, Senior Associate at University of Wellington
BA (Hons) (Lond), PhD (Durham)

Judith was Director of the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing (NZiRA from) 2002 to early 2007 and is now a Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University. Prior to 1991 she was the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Planning Council and has been a consultant on social policy and social research since the 1970s.

Judith is a graduate of London University and did her PhD at Durham University. Before coming to New Zealand, she was also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Judith’s personal focus for research is the ageing of the population and its policy implications. She has researched income, transport and housing issues for older people and has published papers and reports on home equity release and intergenerational issues. She has an extensive publication record, including academic papers, books and book chapters and commissioned reports and has provided advice to numerous policy-making bodies in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Marie Bennett, Social Worker at Age Concern Otago inc

Marie Bennett is a Registered Social Worker who has been employed at Age Concern Otago for 24 years. Her main focus is Elder Abuse & Neglect and she was instrumental in starting the service in 1996. Currently, in Dunedin, they deal with over 100 cases a year. Referrals come from almost anywhere including Police, Health Professionals, SDHB and the community. A growing trend is self referrals and she believes that many older people are getting braver in speaking up, less tolerant of the abuse and more aware that they do have options and support to make choices. The theme for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017 is ‘Elder Abuse Hits Close To Home’. Our statistics show that 79% of abusers are family members, an alarming figure. While her practise can cover the many different facets of Elder Abuse and Neglect today she intends to present 2 case studies.

One case involves using the PPPR Act to remove a vulnerable older lady from her home due to safety concerns and family disagreements. As they have no legal powers to take people out of their homes this case demonstrates the collaboration needed for a successful outcome.

The second case involves the severe neglect of an older lady living with her daughter in a hoarding and squalid situation.

Dr Anita Frayman

Dr Anita Frayman is an accredited mediator, solicitor and researcher with special interest in older people.

Anita obtained an industry scholarship, as part of a larger Australian Research Council grant, for her recently completed doctoral research. Her research explored the effects of people’s different cultural backgrounds upon their experience of ageing in Australia. She has co-authored and contributed to publications in this area, and delivered numerous conference papers on cultural diversity, ageing, migration and intergenerational conflict.

In addition to her experience as a lawyer and her academic research, Anita also has extensive, hands-on business experience. Anita has extensively researched people’s experience of ageing in Australia, focusing on cultural diversity, elder abuse, intergenerational conflict, and the social and support networks of older people. Anita’s doctoral research in ageing has provided her with in-depth experience in communicating with people about personal issues of concern to them. Her work in the aged care sector has given her an understanding of the enormity of the barriers than many people confront when trying to deal with difficulties associated with old age.

Anita will be facilitating this diverse session.


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NSW/VIC/QLD/TAS/ACT: 12:00 - 1:00pm
SA/NT: 11:30am - 12:30pm
WA: 10:00am to 11:00am
NZL: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Registrations close on 19 July 2017 at 06:30pm AEST.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Event Date & Time: Wednesday 16 August 2017, 12 – 1pm AEST

Event Location: WEBINAR, National

Registrations Open: 11th Jul 17 10:00 AM

Registrations Close: 15th Aug 17 2:00 PM

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AAG Members: FREE
Non-Members: $50.00
NZAG Members: FREE (Please enter the code provided by your organisation at checkout to receive this discount.)
ANZSGM Members: FREE (Please enter the code provided by your organisation at checkout to receive this discount.)

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