The Organising Committee are pleased to confirm the following Keynote Speakers presenting at the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference in 2016.

Libbi Gorr

Libbi Gorr is a member of the top rating 774 ABC Melbourne Broadcast team.   Her multi-faceted career has encompassed radio, television, print and live performance as writer, performer and producer, after realising – despite impressive credentials – she would be hopeless at law. As MC of the Conference, Libbi will add sharp analysis, consolidate ideas and opinions, inject energy and enliven the proceedings with her unique humour.

Professor Marie Beaulieu

Marie_cropped_smallChairholder, Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults
Sherbrooke University, Québec, Canada

Marie Beaulieu is a full professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Sherbrooke and a researcher with the Research Centre on Aging at the Health and Social Services Centre – University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke (CSSS IUGS).

In November 2010, she was awarded a five year appointment as Research Chair on mistreatment of older adults. She values the links between seniors, practitioners, policy makers and researchers. Specializing in social gerontology, she has been involved in the field of elder abuse (mistreatment of older adults), victimisation and fear of crime among the elderly for over 25 years.

Doctor Jacquelin Berman

Jackie Berman_smallJacquelin Berman, New York City Department for the Aging, USA

Along with Dr. Mark Lachs from Cornell University, Dr. Berman was the principal investigator in the first study in New York State to examine the prevalence of elder mistreatment of community-dwelling older adults. This prevalence study was the first of its type in the United States. She is currently a Board Member of the State Society of Aging of New York. Dr. Berman is the Principal Investigator at the City of New York’s Elderly Victims’ Resource Centre for a study into the outcomes of a mental health program intervention (PROTECT) for elderly abuse victims. Dr. Berman will present on the study as one of the keynote presenters at the 2016 National Elder Abuse Conference.

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

Brandis_George_smallSenator Brandis graduated from the University of Queensland with double first class honours in Law and Arts. After winning a scholarship to undertake postgraduate legal studies at Oxford, he received a Bachelor of Civil Law and won the Rupert Cross prize.
Prior to entering Parliament, Senator Brandis worked as a lawyer at Minter Ellison. In 1985, he was called to the Bar where he established a commercial practice specialising in Trade Practices. He was appointed a silk in 2006.
Senator Brandis’ Parliamentary service began in May 2000, when he was selected to fill a casual Senate vacancy for the state of Queensland. In his early years in the Senate, he attracted attention for his work in Senate Committees. He was Chair of the Senate Economics Committee for five years and also Chair of the Senate Privileges Committee.
In 2007, he was promoted to the Ministry, as Minister for the Arts and Sport.
Following the change of government in late 2007, Senator Brandis was appointed Shadow Attorney-General. He was later elected Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in May 2010. The Arts portfolio was also added to his portfolio responsibilities later that year.
On 18 September 2013, Senator Brandis was sworn in as a member of the First Abbott Cabinet. He was appointed as Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts and Vice-President of the Executive Council—the positions in which he currently serves. He is also the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Professor Mick Dodson AM

Mick Dodson_smallProf Mick Dodson AM is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at The Australian National University and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. He completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University. Professor Dodson also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of NSW. He worked with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service from 1976 to 1981, when he became a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He joined the Northern Land Council as Senior Legal Adviser in 1984 and became Director of the Council in 1990. From August 1988 to October 1990, Mick was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He has been a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Advisory Council and secretary of the North Australian Legal Aid Service. He is the current Chair of Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and is also a member of AIATSIS. He is the former Chairman of the National Aboriginal Youth Law Centre Advisory Board, and has been a member of the National Children’s & Youth Centre Board and the advisory panels of the Rob Riley and Koowarta Scholarships. Mick Dodson has been a prominent advocate on land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as a vigorous advocate of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples around the world. Mick participated in the crafting of the text of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP), and the Inter-sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Commission which was adopted overwhelmingly in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly. In 2009, Mick Dodson was named Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council. 

Doctor Faizal Ibrahim

Faizal Ibrahim_high res 3_smallGeriatrician, Aged & Extended Care Services, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Health Services, South Australia.
Clinical Director, Alzheimer’s Australia SA.

Currently working as a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine with an interest in Dementia and Delirium at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Previously working a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine and Acute Medicine at the University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) and was also the Lead Physician for Dementia Care and piloted the ‘Delirious about Dementia’ and Dignity in Care Programs at UHB.

Proudly Championing the Dignity in Care Campaign with Ms Maggie Beer as the Patron, also lead the Volunteers Led Patients Activities Project and the All About Me Project. Also involved in the organising of the annual the SA’s Mindful of Dementia Open Day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Australia SA since 2010. Other roles : work as the Clinical Director of Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services (DBMAS) Alzheimer’s Australia SA and provides clinical support for Port Lincoln GEM services. Also the current Chair of the Alzheimer’s Consumer Alliance SA.

Gerard Mansour

Gerard Grey BackgroundGerard Mansour, the Commissioner for Senior Victorians, is a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of older people. With over 25 years of leadership experience within the aged and wider community services sectors, Gerard has contributed significantly to industry capacity building, policy development and enhancement of services for older Australians. In 2012, Gerard became the inaugural national CEO of Leading Age Services Australia, the peak national body representing the aged and community care industry across Australia. Prior to this, Gerard was the CEO of Aged and Community Care Victoria for six years which followed his appointment as CEO of Kindergarten Parents Victoria. Gerard says his key priorities include a focus on quality of life for seniors, social connections, opportunities for continuing workforce participation and access to services for senior Victorians. This means maximising opportunities for all, including those who are marginalised or disadvantaged.

The Hon Susan Ryan AO

Susan_Ryan_0030 preferredSusan Ryan was appointed as Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner on 30 July 2011 for a five year term. Susan was appointed Disability Discrimination Commissioner in 2014, in addition to her responsibilities as Age Discrimination Commissioner. She commenced her new appointment on 12 July 2014.
Up until her appointment as Commissioner, Susan was the Independent Chair of the IAG and NRMA Superannuation Plan; pro chancellor and Council member at UNSW from 1999 to 2011; chaired the Australian Human Rights Group since 2008, and was Women’s Ambassador for ActionAid Australia.

She was CEO of ASFA, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia from 1993-1998. She continued her involvement in superannuation as President of AIST, the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees from 2000 to 2007. She was a founding member of ACSI and of the ASX Corporate Governance Council.

From 1975 to 1988, Susan was Senator for the ACT, becoming the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a federal Labor Government. She served in senior portfolios in the Hawke Government as Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women and Special Minister of State.

As Education Minister, Susan saw school retention rates double and universities and TAFEs grow significantly. She pioneered extensive anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986.

She was awarded an AO for services to the Australian parliament in 1990 and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of New South Wales in 2012. Susan has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Macquarie University, Canberra University and the University of South Australia.


Robyn Scott

Robyn cropped head and shouldersRobyn Scott is the CEO of Age Concern NZ; the national organisation for a federation of 33 Age Concerns located around NZ.  She joined Age Concern NZ in 2014 after previously leading Philanthropy NZ for 10 years followed by a spell as the Education Manager for the Commission for Financial Capability.  She has 20 years experience of Not for Profit Leadership which follows extensive experience in the Education sector where she held teaching, management and  contracting lecturing roles.  She has a passion for making a difference which drives her commitment to the NGO sector. She has held a number of governance roles including that of Families Commissioner and a member of ACART ( Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology) and various other Ministerial Advisory Committees, and is an alumni of Leadership NZ.  She lives in Wellington with her husband David and two almost adult children.

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