Panelists include: Margaret Duckett, Deputy Chair, Seniors Rights Service, Sydney Australia Bill Mitchell, Principal Solicitor, Townsville Community Legal Service, Townsville Australia Scott McDougall, Director, Caxton Legal Centre, Brisbane Australia
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Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation of Ageing
Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
DR JANE BARRATT
Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing
Jane Barratt is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), which comprises government, industry, academic and non-governmental members in over 70 countries, representing some 75 million older people. The IFA is a global point of connection for experts and expertise that help to shape and influence age-related policy globally. At the heart of the work of the IFA and Dr Barratt’s leadership is the fundamental right of older people to be enabled to do what they value, as opposed to what society thinks that they value. In essence protecting and respecting the rights of older people. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, which is responsible for setting global strategic direction and various associated international expert committees. She has many national and international roles, including the Standing Selection Committee Chair for the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada and is a former member of the Global Agenda Council on Ageing for the World Economic Forum.
THE HON DR KAY PATTERSON AO
Age Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
Appointed as the Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29th July, 2016 Kay comes to this role with strong involvement in issues affecting older people. Leaving school at 15, and then managing a small business, she returned to school and gained a BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Psychology and a Dip Ed at Monash University. She taught allied health science students for 11 years. She studied gerontology at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University.
Using the knowledge gained during those visits she co-developed the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and introduced gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses. Following her election to the Senate in 1987 she served on a number of Senate committees and held various shadow portfolios. In 1988 she was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary and in 2001 was appointed to Cabinet and served in the Health and Social Security portfolios. She retired from Cabinet in 2006 and from the Senate in 2008. During her time in the Senate she pursued issues affecting older Australians and fought tirelessly for the removal of the compulsory retirement age of 65 from the Australian Public Service and statutory authorities. She is a Director of the Brockhoff Foundation (2008-); Professorial Fellow Monash University, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (2008-); she was a Director and Vice-President of Interplast Australia NZ (2007-2016); a member of the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (2014-2016); Chaired the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness (2011-2013); was involved for over 25 years in the Victorian Girl Guides as a leader, Council and Executive Member; and was a member of the Monash University Council (1978-1998). She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2016 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.