Sessions are offered to service providers, service users, relatives and carers, as well as in-home service providers, seniors groups, professional groups and others.
Seniors Rights Service provides information, publications and advice at seniors’ expos, open days, forums and conferences. We also deliver online information sessions and webinars and have a range of events that are streamed live.
We reach around 28,000 people a year through our community forums and education events. Understanding that a “one size fits all” method does not work, we tailor our approach according to the needs of different communities and cultural sensitivities.
What topics are covered at these sessions?
A large part of our community work involves forums on the abuse of older Australians, with particular focus on financial and psychological abuse by family members. Much of this work centres on raising awareness of this issue, reducing the stigma and shame around abuse and gaining trust so people are more likely to disclose abuse and know where to seek help.
We also work specifically to increase awareness of diversity and the needs of First Nations Australians, people who are culturally and/or racially marginalised, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and others (LGBTIQ+), as well as people who live in remote locations and other disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.
Our workshops affirm the rights of all people to be treated with dignity and respect.
Popular forum topics include:
- Planning ahead (wills, power of attorney, guardianship and advance care directives)
- Aged care advocacy – what does it mean?
- Retirement village living
- Strata issues
- Elder Abuse
- Human Rights in Aged Care
- General legal issues affecting older people – know your rights
- Seniors Rights Service – who we are and what we do
Along with our own solicitors, aged care advocates and educators, Seniors Rights Service works with people with expertise in matters such as dispute resolution and how to use complaint handling bodies and related agencies. Our speakers are happy to give talks to community groups and agencies, not-for-profit organisations, government and non-government agencies, social groups and business and professional groups.