Join the EAAA Board – A national voice to end elder abuse

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

Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) is a new peak organisation established as a national voice for action that eliminates elder abuse. We are committed to: 

  • Social justice and the rights of older people; 
  • Respect for difference and inclusion; 
  • Community collaboration to eliminate elder abuse; 
  • Accountability and integrity; 
  • Evidence based practice and research; and 
  • Innovation and forward-thinking. 

EAAA was incorporated in May 2018 and commenced operations on 1 July last year. The organisation has been focused on establishing all aspects of the organisation including branding, administrative processes and internal policies.

EAAA was established with five foundation members who provide legal services, advocacy, helplines and other services to support older Australians. Our foundation members represent five different states, have extensive experience in this sector and contribute to policy development with Federal and State governments.

EAAA is seeking expressions of interest from prospective professionals interested in joining the EAAA Board to fill two vacancies and complement the balance of skills and experience of existing Directors. You will offer, on a voluntary basis, a variety of leadership skills, experience and personal/cultural characteristics that will support EAAA to continue to best serve this important organisation and outcomes for older Australians. 

Applicants will be able to demonstrate the ability to contribute to sound governance expertise and have a desire and commitment to improving outcomes and strategic business practices as the organisation develops. The Board is seeking applications with skills and experience in business, financial management, fundraising, marketing and communications.

If you are committed to eliminating the abuse of older Australians and your values align with those of EAAA, we would welcome your application. Please submit a 1-page cover letter outlining your competencies and how your skills and experience would contribute to the mission of EAAA, along with an up-to-date CV. 

For more information on the organisation, click here for the EAAA Constitution and here for the Board Director Position Description.

To submit your application, in strict confidence, please send the relevant information to For information on the organisation, or to organise a conversation with one of our Co-Chairs Diedre Timms or Russell Westcott please contact our Executive Officer, Bev Lange on either 0419 218 434 or Applications close at 5pm on 30 June 2019.



Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) is proud to be the presenting the EAAA Community Hub, a poster and AV exhibition, at the 6thNational Elder Abuse Conference – Rock the Boat. The conference will be held in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 22-23 July 2019.


EAAA’s Community Hub @ 2019 National Elder Abuse Conference will create spaces for community organisations to display their stories, examples of their work and insights to be seen by more than 500 individuals, organisations, companies and local, state and federal governments. 

Forty posters are available for community organisations at no charge. All organisations will have a time to speak to their posters during nominated breaks in the conference program. 

The Community Hub will also offer facilities for community organisations who have produced audio visual projects such as video works, pod casts or other audio packages. It is yet to be confirmed but it is anticipated up to 8 audio visual stations will be available.


EAAA invites you to express interest in submitting a poster or AV package. 

Examples of posters for consideration:

  • Case studies
  • Data
  • Service delivery – innovation
  • Participant outcomes
  • Success stories from pilots and innovation


EAAA invites community organisations to express their interest to present posters and AV projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Aligns to the Rock the Boat program – insight, creativity and passion
  • Innovation 
  • Current 
  • Unique
  • Needs of marginalised and hard to reach communities


Display panels are 1200 x 1800 and would accommodate posters up to an AO poster – 841 x 1189 mm.

Posters and AV packages needs to be fully produced.

Posters should be laminated or similar to minimise damage.

AV packages – requirements will be circulated once confirmed with the supplier 

EAAA suggests you brand your poster or package and provide contact details.


Email your expression of interest to and include:

  • Preference for poster or audio visual
  • If audio visual – what type of equipment would you need
  • The title of your poster or presentation
  • A summary of the project it represents including outcomes.
  • Why you think it meets the criteria
  • Primary contact and their details

Expressions of Interest need to be submitted to EAAA by 31 May and acceptances will be communicated by 15 June. Payments for AV equipment will be required by 30 June.


There are no costs for organisations whose posters are accepted for the Community Hub. However, all costs for the production of the posters are solely the responsibility of each organisation.

Please contact EAAA on 1800 960 026 or to discuss costs for audio visual exhibits.

The EAAA Board will provide a free monitor to an organisation who submits an EOI at its discretion. This will be confirmed by 15 June.


EAAA will organise all infrastructure and signage for the Community Hub.

Details of delivery and set up times for your posters and packages will be confirmed closer to the event, as well as the times you can speak to your poster or package if that’s required.

An EAAA representative will be available at the time of installation and whenever presentations are scheduled. Contact details will be circulated prior to the conference.


Should you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Bev Lange on 1800 960 026 or 0419 218 434.



Delegates from a range of sectors including private, government, community sector, legal and banking will join a world-class line up of expert speakers for this two-day event to stop elder abuse.

The theme of Rock the Boat means we will harness their insight,  creativity  and passion to challenge the status quo and drive action to end elder abuse.

2019 National Elder Abuse Conferencewill help safeguard the right of older Australians to live free from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect.

Click here for more information on Rock the Boat conference.

Launch of the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians

On Wednesday 19 March the Co-Chair of Elder Abuse Action Australia, Diedre Timms, spoke at the launch by Attorney General Hon Christian Porter MP of the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians

Diedre, thanked and commended the Attorney General for the initiative to develop the first National Plan and noted the engagement across Commonwealth, State and Territory governments for the elimination of the abuse of older Australians. 

The elimination of the abuse of older Australians will require bipartisan support and the support of us all. Diedre noted, ”We will need to change minds and attitudes, we will need to address ageism wherever it occurs, we will all need to act and to stand up.”

Click here for the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians, and here for a read Diedre Timms’ speech.


The Co-Chairs of Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), Russell Westacott and Diedre Timms, invite you to participate in a stakeholder survey to determine the feasibility of a Knowledge Hub on elder abuse.

The main purpose of the survey is to:

  • understand the feasibility of a Knowledge Hub on elder abuse
  • understand how EAAA can support and work with stakeholders to create a greater impact on preventing elder abuse
  • prioritise the function and features of the Knowledge Hub.