Upcoming Events

29 Oct 19

Working with Elder Abuse

The Australian Association of Gerontology invites you to an evening to learn more about the latest research in Elder Abuse and ways of working with older people who are experiencing it.

Our guest speakers will be discussing the latest research in the field of Elder Abuse and providing practical information for how health care professionals can identify and respond to Elder Abuse using the WA Elder Abuse Protocol. Guest speakers from Advocare and the Office of the Public Advocate will discuss complex case studies and their role in investigating and responding to elder abuse for people with decision-making capacity issues.

  • Learn about the Elder Abuse Protocol, which provides guidelines for action that can assist staff working with older people to identify and respond to Elder Abuse.
  • Hear about specific cases studies and assistance that can be provided through Advocare’s Elder Abuse Helpline and the Office of the Public Advocate
  • Explore and discuss issues you may be experiencing with our expert panel.



Hear from our speakers:

Dr Barbara Blundell is a Social Work lecturer and researcher at the School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Speech Pathology at Curtin University. Barbara’s research interests have a particular focus on elder abuse, ageing and disability issues, human rights, and advocacy. She has conducted a number of research projects in these areas over the past 15 years, in partnership with both government and non-government organisations in Western Australia, Queensland, and nationally.

Wendy Bennett has worked as an Advocate at Advocare for the last four years, with 16 years previous experience in the aged care sector, and almost 40 years in the community sector, including with people living with disabilities, and women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. Wendy is passionate about the rights of older people to be engaged in decisions about their lives, activities, and care options. She is also an active member of GRAI, and involved in systemic advocacy to improve access to services for LGBTI elders.

Sarah Keenan has worked as an Investigator, Advocate, Liaison Officer, and Senior Guardian Since joining the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) in 2008. Sarah is currently the Senior Policy Officer providing policy, legislative, and stakeholder support to the Public Advocate, which includes the role of OPA in providing a range of strategies aimed at preventing elder abuse. These include the provision of information, advice and education via the website, a suite of publications, community education sessions, and the Office’s telephone advisory service. (Please note that it is OPA policy not to publish images of it's employees)




5.00pm – 5.30pm nibbles and networking
5.30pm - 6:40pm presentation

Venue location details: Curtin University
Building 408, Room 4502 (Level 4)
Kent Street
Bentley WA 6102

Event Date & Time: Tuesday 29th October 2019 5.00 - 6.40pm

Event Location: Curtin University, WA

Registrations Open: 9th Oct 19 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 29th Oct 19 9:00 PM

Places Available: 19

Your Investment

AAG Members: Free
Non-Members: $35
Non-Member Student/Concession $25

Please use voucher code WA1910WOR at checkout for Non-Member Student/Concession bookings






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