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PO Box 38
Westgate NSW 2048
Australia
Phone: 1800 960 026
Email: info@eaaa.org.au

ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL VOICE RESPONDING TO AND PREVENTING ELDER ABUSE

Participants at previous National Elder Abuse conferences, advocated the need for a national and collegiate approach to working on elder abuse and in 2018, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department recognised the need for a national approach.

Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) aims are to:

  • Develop and promote systemic policy reforms regarding elder abuse to national government, non-government institutions and the business community;
  • Raise community awareness and educate the community regarding elder abuse; and
  • Communicate, share and co-ordinate information, resources and practice for national consistency and efficiency.

There will be an opportunity to shape this emerging organisation that is unique due to its multidisciplinary membership.

The activities of the EAAA are to:

  • Promote the health, equality and independence of elderly Australians;
  • Develop and promote systemic policy reforms regarding elder abuse to national government, non-government institutions and the business community;
  • Raise community awareness and educate the community regarding elder abuse;
  • Communicate, share and co-ordinate information, resources and practice for national consistency and efficiency;
  • Build capacity through a community of practice which supports mutual learning and consistent good practice;
  • Collaborate and encourage research to build evidence bases, responses and prevention strategies; and
  • Advocate for the collection of nationally consistent data on elder abuse.

EAAA will aim to address elder abuse and protect the rights of older Australians by drawing on expertise across our networks within government, community and business sectors. We will consult extensively to ensure we represent the needs of our stakeholder groups.

The expected outcomes for EAAA are to:

  • Support the development, through co-design withAttorney General’s Department of a Knowledge Hub, to provide an online gateway to raise awareness and provide an authoritative, national source of information and training materials for older people, their families, professionals and the general public about how to prevent and respond to elder abuse, and how to seek help;
  • Foster collaboration and the sharing of information to facilitate learning and innovation; and
  • Provide policy expertise to governments on issues associated with elder abuse and the rights of older Australians.

Mission

A national voice for action that eliminates elder abuse.

Vision

A society that respects and values older Australians and is free from elder abuse.

Our commitment

EAAA is committed to:

  • Social justice and the rights of older people
  • Respect for difference and inclusion
  • Collaboration with services, older people, their supporters and industry stakeholders
  • Accountability and integrity
  • Evidence based practice and research
  • Innovation and forward-thinking

Position statement

EAAA believes in the rights of older Australians, and our actions will seek to eliminate elder abuse.  Our campaigns, advocacy and policy development positively impacts the lives of older Australians, their families, communities and broader society.

Board members

Foundation members

Diedre Timms, CEO, Advocare – EAAA Co-Chair, Public Officer

Summary

Diedre has over 20 years’ executive level management and community development experience in the not-for-profit sector in rural and metropolitan environments. 

She has managed programs and organisations in the areas of disability, women’s health – establishing the South West Women’s Health and Information Centre in Bunbury and is immediate past chair of the Fremantle Women’s Health Centre board, aboriginal health – working with the Noongar community to establish the South West Aboriginal Medical Centre and a conduct a Commonwealth Coordinated health care trial, aged care and community care – past CEO of Volunteer Task Force and previous Head of Metro Social Care at Silver Chain, and international emergency response – as Indonesian Desk Officer for the Australian Red Cross Tsunami Response team. Diedre is also a director of a boutique software house, Configurable Software Solutions, a non-executive director of Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and co-chair of Elder Abuse Action Australia.

Diedre is a passionate advocate for social justice and is CEO of Advocare, Western Australia’s peak advocacy agency for older people’s rights. She has a Bachelor of Education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Russell Westacott, CEO, Seniors Rights Service – EAAA Co-Chair, Secretary

Summary

Russell has more than 30 years’ experience working in NGOs, in collaboration across multiple networks – local, state and national. In early 2018, he led a community process whereby more than 50 key strategic partners from across Australia endorsed the report titled Abuse of Older People: A community Response – Final Report. Russell presented this report to the United Nations in July 2018. 

Russell has been extremely active since 2014 in the United Nations process regarding the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing. The OEWGA is in its 10thyear in 2019 and its primary focus is to develop an international convention on the rights of older people and have all UN states sign on to this important human rights document. He presented Australia’s response to elder abuse – from a community perspective – to the United Nations at the 9thsession of OEWGA in 2018. 

He continues to lobby Australia and other countries to support this international instrument that will ultimately enshrine the rights of older people across the globe once it is ratified. Such a convention is likely to be in place within years due to campaigning by civil society and supporting member states over the past ten years.

Seniors Rights Service was one of five finalists for the 2018 Human Rights Award for best Community Organisation.

Jenny Blakey, Manager, Seniors Rights Victoria – EAAA Board Director

Summary

More than 18 years’ experience managing not for profit community services. Jenny has experience across AOD, community legal centres and outreach services. She is a former Chair of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association. Additionally, Jenny has extensive experience and high-level skills in advocacy, policy, community work and management.

Cybele Koning, Director, Family Domestic Violence and Elder Law Practice, Caxton Legal Centre – EAAA Board Director

Summary

More than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and mediator in the areas of family law, domestic violence and elder law both in private practice and in the not-for-profit community legal sector.

Experience in designing, implementing and managing multi-disciplinary services, funded by Commonwealth and State Government departments, that provide legal and social supports to persons affected by family violence and elder abuse.

Engaged in legal and social reform activities as well as consulting to government on issues related to the abuse of older people.

Carolanne Barkla, CEO Aged Rights Advocacy Service – EAAA Board Director

Summary

20 years’ experience as a registered nurse, lawyer and executive spanning health, aged care, legal, not for profit peak body, policy, sector development and social justice. Experience in providing guidance, expertise, and managing programs with multiple stakeholders utilising best evidence, research, innovation, online platforms, applications and web-based apps providing services, resources, information and education. 

Experience working in rural and metropolitan environments in SA & NSW as well as with CALD, ATSI communities and Veterans. Recognised for academic excellence in Elder Law, Comparative aspects of Malaysian law and legal research on Compulsory Reporting in Aged Care.

Staff

Bev Lange, Executive Officer

Summary

A highly experienced consultant, senior executive and company director, Bev is a recognised leader, coach, influencer, and innovator. 

Her success as a senior executive and leader in government and community organisations, and private companies attest to her pedigree and commitment to community service and excellence.

As a consultant, Bev has assisted organisations with workplace productivity coaching; communication planning; governance; strategic development and general management.

Bev now splits her working life as a business coach and since July 2018 as the Executive Officer with Elder Abuse Action Australia.

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