Conference Program

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Ageism, Rights and Innovations

Abuse flourishes when respect doesn’t exist. For older people, ageism is experienced in many forms, but elder abuse is arguably the most visible. It has a devastating impact for the older person; on their physical, mental, emotional and financial health. The impact is also carried by our broader community through the costs of service responses and the less material losses that emanate from the diminished engagement of victims of elder abuse with society in general.

This conference focuses on the rights of older people to live life free from ageism and elder abuse. From preventive programs, to early interventions and later responses, we want to share stories about the ways we can observe the rights of older people, which include identifying and meeting the wishes of older people as well as ensuring their safety.

This conference will showcase innovative and collaborative approaches to tackling elder abuse, which will inform our practice and inspire us with vision and energy.


‘Elder Abuse’ is defined as any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. While it is vastly under-reported, it is estimated that up to 10 per cent of older people worldwide suffer from elder abuse. Including Elder Abuse, the abuse of older people may occur in many other ways and in a variety of settings. It can occur in the home or a care facility, and it can be the result of actions, or inactions, of family members, professional carers, fellow residents or service providers. The abuse may be institutional resulting from an organisation’s systems and models of care.

Information for Presenters

In order to ensure that your presentation runs smoothly, a number of services and facilities will be provided for you. Please take the time to read the guidelines below to ensure your presentation is successful.

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Oral Presentations

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Mini Oral Presentations

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Chairperson Briefing Notes

CPD Points

The 4th National Elder Abuse Conference 2016 is endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
The conference provides up to 12 hours which may be used as personal development for your organisation.


CPD Points for Victorian Lawyers

Victorian Lawyers can apply CPD points for attending the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference.

For more information regarding the rules, please click here or visit the LIV website.


Key Dates

Conference Dates:
23 -25 February 2016
Early Bird Registration Close:
25 November 2015

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Hosted By

Seniors Rights Victoria

Level 4, 98 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: 1300 368 821

The 4th National Elder Abuse Conference 2016 is proudly supported by the Victorian Government.

Conference Managers

Arinex Pty Ltd
Arinex Pty Ltd
ABN 28 000 386 676
Level 10, 51 Druitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2001
Ph: +61 2 9265 0700
Fax: +61 2 9267 5443
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