Speakers - Together Making Change
Peta Pinson, Mayor of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council ampm: Conference Sessions, Sails Hotel, Port Macquarie Elaine Burke, Advisor, UK National Health Services' Hospitals Arts Strategy; Hull UK City adolescents, families and couples dealing with relationships, grief, trauma, conflict and self- reflection. PLENARY & CONFERENCE SPEAKERS . In February Catherine will launch The Power Project, a National resource mapping how we can Caroline has written about family and age-related issues for the Guardian and Good Weekend .. Senior Manager Service Development, Relationships Australia, Victoria. The Family Matters Report has been released, highlighting primary prevention The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference is one of Nominations open for Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards.
In February Catherine will launch The Power Project, a National resource mapping how we can work together to prevent sexual abuse. What Professionals Can Learn from Mother and Son Older people who are vulnerable because of a cognitive impairment can be a particular target for financial abuse by adult children or carers. It is important that professionals witnessing these instruments safeguard older people from abuse through careful interviewing techniques.
This presentation will draw on original empirical research that examined complaints about lawyers as witnesses for enduring documents and wills. The presentation will use video clips from the classic ABC comedy Mother and Son to highlight ways that professionals can improve their interviewing and referral skills to address elder abuse. The audience will be taken through some hypotheticals involving Maggie Beare and her sons Robert and Arthur and asked to consider how they would work with Maggie as a client.
Baum, Caroline Caroline Baum Author, respected journalist and broadcaster Caroline has written about family and age-related issues for the Guardian and Good Weekend Magazine and about caring for a demented parent in her memoir, ONLY, published in She is currently writing a book about being a carer. Dana is now a Senior Solicitor in the Consumer Law practice group.
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Her team of 10 solicitors assists some of the most vulnerable people in NSW to access their consumer protection rights in credit and insurance matters. Survey data indicated that the seminars were successful in achieving many of its' aims. Both organisations were however, surprised and disappointed by attendances at a few of the seminars and sought to explore this with its members.
Many OWN members were of the opinion that elder abuse "doesn't concern me" or "won't happen to me". Others felt concerned that they may be perceived by others as victims of abuse if they attended the seminar. It was also suggested that attendances would have been higher if the words elder abuse were omitted from promotional material.
The feedback is illustrative of the level of stigma and shame around the issue of elder abuse that remains prevalent within the community. This presentation will examine the impact of shame and stigma on the prevention of elder abuse and some possible strategies to negate their effects.
Diana Bernard has a degree in social work and a Masters in Public Health. She has extensive experience in the health field.
Initially in clinical work and subsequently in prevention, education, project management and research capacities. She has worked in a broad range of content areas including the aged care sector and tutored in 'health promotion and social aspects of health' in the Masters in Public Health at UNSW. Too often rural and remote communities are ignored or considered as all being alike. To address this we need to consider the ways communities can be empowered to create change that will be sustainable over time and meaningful for the particular community.
Individual communities are unique and full of diversity. When considering a community's needs we need to not only think about their location but also their particular socio-economic challenges, multicultural population, access to services and professionals and the education and support they receive.
If the community has a strong "core base" with inclusion, participation and involvement for all ages, how can this be utilised to create change? Or if it is lacking, how can it be addressed?
Access to community education and training can all be obtained with better usage of technology such as Skype. This should be inclusive of all school children as part of a community connection and engagement program. Advocacy services need to be available in the direct community for all older people, carers and support people that are inclusive of residential care facilities.
Community participation in developing an Elder Abuse Toolkit that is available in hard copies for all those that do not have access to digital technology. Collection points can be those points most frequented. Listening and working with an individual community is the key to elder abuse prevention. Maria has a background in Nursing with career preference of working with older people in both community and residential care. She has been volunteering as a Health Consumer Representative for 6yrs to improve care and treatment of Older People in our Health Services and Community.
Over a hundred people have participated in the interactive sessions which have included members from the Tongan, Mandarin, Cantonese, Filipino, Spanish, Vietnamese and Samoan communities.
To date the feedback and case studies have identified unique strategies and recommendations for addressing cultural barriers when addressing elder abuse in CALD communities. The proposed presentation will share the findings from this process in tackling issues of elder abuse from within the CALD communities themselves.
Likely impact of the presentation would be the following: John comes with over a decade of work experience with diverse ethnic and cultural communities in the UK and in Australia. He has a background in advocacy, university Chaplaincy and grassroots student and community organising.
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Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. In the previous seven and a half years Jenny held management roles in community services in the alcohol and other drug sector, as manager of Outreach Services at Windana and manager of Mary of the Cross, part of CatholicCare. Before this Jenny worked in community legal centres for 15 years. Anna has had a long and distinguished career in politics.
She was Premier of Queensland for almost five years and led the response and recovery effort to devastating floods in January Anna received a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the Australia Day Honours list, in recognition of her eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, to the not-for-profit sector and the role of women in public life.
It is estimated that a large proportion of it goes unreported, due to lack of recognition of elder abuse and how best to respond to it, by both older people and staff and service providers.
To address this issue, elder abuse protocols have been developed in different states and territories. These protocols generally include information about elder abuse, including examples and risk factors, and guidance about response pathways, including referral information. It is unclear how widely these are used, as no data has been collected about this. This project focused on exploring the usefulness and effectiveness of the Elder Abuse Protocols: Western Australia in Three focus groups and an online survey were conducted with stakeholder organisations and people working with older people in order to examine the usefulness and effectiveness of the Protocols.
The research data, along with a review of literature and similar documents from other jurisdictions, informed an updated version of the Protocol. This document will be supported by a series of metropolitan, regional and online workshops delivered by Advocare, who operate the Elder Abuse Helpline to inform stakeholders of the new Protocol Guidelines.
This project provides an evidence base as to the utility and effectiveness of elder abuse protocols, in addressing gaps in staff knowledge in detecting and responding to elder abuse. 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 and Queensland. Boettcher, Ms Kim Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers Unconscious Bias in the Legal System and how it impacts on Older People Unconscious bias in the legal system leads to greater disadvantage for older people who are already disadvantaged from the start.
Unconscious bias compounds the challenges of older women, older people from CALD communities, and older Indigenous people when they become party to legal proceedings. These groups are under-represented in traditional legal systems although civil and criminal courts can become their only remedy.
The presentation will address individual case studies, recent publications and legal precedents on the topic during the presentation.
Kim has experience in corporate governance, consumer advocacy and practice as a Solicitor in both the UK and Australia. Kim was appointed to the inaugural Legal Services Council in October and reappointed for three years from Competency in cross-cultural communication and knowledge of family culture provides the necessary skills in responding to the needs of individual clients.
Service flexibility and adaptability are also an effective means of responding to the needs of the older person and their families.
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This workshop will give insight into the importance of cultural competencies and the implementation of best practice to engage with community and clients and to improve service responses through cultural care.
Language barriers greatly increases the vulnerability of older people in relation to communication of the issue and access to services. Case studies presented will demonstrate the importance of interagency collaborations and referral pathways improving access to relevant supports but will also highlight some of the gaps in assessment where there is a lack of cultural competency. Using an audio-visual format, the presentation highlights key elements of the SVHM approach as described by a range of staff - clinical, management, education and executive level — who are together making change.
At SVHM leadership has been exemplified by multidisciplinary coordination of the effort, as well as staff being champions for change. Drawing on quality improvement strategies, SVHM has also focussed on process and system change - the development of a response framework and model of care; unique tools used for the training of targeted health professionals to strengthen their confidence and skills; and the development of clear policy and processes which include evaluation through data collection.
Lisa maintains a strong commitment to evidence based practice supported by quality improvement and research which is reflected in the activities of the department.
Annette is a retired, trained nurse and has worked in Aged Care. She has also been involved in Pastoral Care for many years.
Bray, Jenny Jenny Bray Jenny Bray Training and Consulting Jenny Bray is an independent consultant and trainer to the community care, aged care, disability support, early childhood intervention and local government sectors.Dr Andrew Bickerdike - The ALRC’s Review of the Family Law System - FRSA 2018 Conference
She operates from a fundamental regard for the human rights of service users and great respect for volunteers and workers within the sector. Jenny's previous experience has included delivering direct care; community development, sector development and policy work for peak bodies and government agencies; delivering training for providers and TAFE; assisting agencies to plan strategically; and project managing a vast array of projects for government and non-government clients.
Her vast experience means Jenny can both see the big picture and enable organisations to manifest their vision at the grass roots level. Jenny has assisted hundreds of organisations to respond successfully to community needs and changing environments. Self-employed for 20 years, Jenny speaks from experience about the opportunities and challenges of operating a values based service on a business footing. She has been responsible for delivering community and state-wide policy and programs, developing national policy reforms and negotiating national and state government agreements.
He is an Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates. Developing and Sustaining Services — This workshop aims to answer the question — what can the arts in healthcare achieve, and how can health leaders and managers develop Arts and Health projects, programs and services that achieve their aims and are sustainable in the longer term? Elaine also led several healthcare environment and design projects.
This presentation explores the results of an innovative collaboration between Positive Psychology as a framework and the principles of Mindfulness, Emotional and Somatic Awareness through art therapy. CranaplusBush Support Services provides support and intervention to remote area health professionals, to counter occupational stress, burnout and trauma and understanding the importance of offering creativity that crosses cultural boundaries.
This has proved beneficial for both staff and students and led to a shirt in school culture that recognises the importance of a healthy body and mind. Arts and Youth Wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand — This University of Auckland research project is designed to generate better understanding of arts in and for youth health and wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The University of Auckland is working with an alliance of arts, health and youth organisations and practitioners to establish an inter-disciplinary innovation hub for arts and wellbeing practice. The arts build individual resilience and mental wellbeing and help people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words. The unique stories of the lives of people with mental illness have the potential to move, provoke, educate and entertain and open new dialogues about inclusive artistic practice.
This examines the different ways people with disability engage in the arts: The Research Overview brings together and existing and previously unpublished data, academic research and case studies from around the country, exploring success factors and barriers for people with a disability in the arts sector and health and wellbeing outcomes.
Mahlie will share her lived experience of acute and severe PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder and psychosis and describe the role that art plays in the therapeutic environment to unlock and heal trauma and build strong relationships with clinical staff. The research found that during times of sensory overload, individuals with autism self-directed towards art-based activities such as writing poetry, play a musical instrument and drawing, in order to regain a sense of balance.
Participants withdrew — retreated, recalibrated their sensory overload and then recovered. More than Just Words — This presentation aims to provide a vision for poetry, journaling and the act of writing that brings it to the heart of Arts and Health consciousness as both a preventative and restorative tool for wellbeing and joy. Australian entertainment industry professionals have substantially higher levels of mental health problems and suicidal ideation than the general population.
Amy is currently working as part of the Mental Health and Research team on a partnership with Entertainment Assist.
Equal Arts has been working with over 50 arts venues and organisations in the UK and Europe to inspire and support Creative Age sessions, hosted with cultural venues, are artist led, inclusive, friendly and involving the wider community, particularly children and families and changing the narrative around dementia.
Creativity and Ageing — A Strategy Presentation: What is the role of creative practice in response to the social and health impacts of demographic change? Start your creative ageing festival now. The ambition of this session is that participants lead a creative ageing event within a year. Can community arts and cultural development help Seniors feel less anxious about financial, cultural or environmental disruption? But should we really need specialist creative ageing organisations?
What will it take to ensure that creative programmes with and for older people are embedded in cultural programming and are seen as vital to health and care provision?