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Journalist Ellen Fanning interviews delegates from the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference – Together Making Change on different aspects of the abuse of older people.

Each video interview is accompanied by a discussion sheet.


The Hon Tanya Davies MP Minister for Ageing will launch the video resource kits, followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Keith Suter.

Panelists: Hon Tanya Davies MP, Rob Critchlow, Rodney Lewis, Barbara O’Neill, Terrie Leoleos and Margaret Duckett.

Keynote Speakers

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NSW Minister for Ageing

As the NSW Minister for Ageing, Tanya is focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities that occur with an ageing population. She is passionate about tackling ageism and ensuring people in NSW experience the benefits of living longer, while having the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their communities. The ongoing implementation of the state’s first Ageing Strategy, delivered by the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government, is a top priority and involves a whole-of-government effort to help people not only live longer lives, but better lives. Prior to being sworn in as NSW Minister for Ageing, Mental Health and Women, Tanya was Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs and Homelessness, and has been the local member for Mulgoa since 2011.

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DR KEITH SUTER – Facilitator

Economic and Social Commentator, Strategic Planner, Author and Broadcaster

Dr Suter is the Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank. As a broadcaster, he appears on Australian radio an average of once a day, and is Channel Seven’s Sunrise foreign affairs editor and also a foreign policy analyst for Sky TV Australia. Keith is the Director of Studies of the Australian Branch of the International Law Association, and NSW Chair of the International Commission of Jurists. Keith has also been a member of the prestigious Club of Rome since 1993. The Club is an informal association of independent leading personalities from politics, business and science; men and women who are long-term thinkers interested in contributing in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner to a better world.

Robert Superintendent CRITCHLOW


Superintendent and Commander, The Hills Local Area Command (LAC)

Rob has 28 years policing experience and is currently the commander of the Hills LAC at Castle Hill. He has performed senior roles in organised crime investigations and corporate strategy. He is the regional police sponsor for the prevention of abuse of older persons and is a vigorous advocate for the rights of victims as well as being a White Ribbon Ambassador. Rob’s focus has been on enhancing the police response to reported cases of abuse and developing partnerships with government and non-government agencies to improve the field. He is a coauthor of a paper in Emergency Management Australasia on older person abuse presentations to emergency departments.

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Senior Solicitor, Elderlaw

Rodney produced the first elder law undergraduate course in 1999 at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of Elder Law in Australia, Lexis Nexis, Sydney, now in its 2nd edition. He has presented many seminars to his colleagues on elder law and practices only in the area of elder law.

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Aboriginal Support Worker, Junction Neighbourhood Centre (Maroubra)

Barbara is a Dunghutti woman born on the Gadigal Country of the Eora Nation. She is currently working as an Aboriginal support worker. ‘Untold Stories’ her DVD and presentation at the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference, provided a unique perspective on the impacts of ageing on Aboriginal people. It draws on research done through her recently completed Post-Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery and Practice at Wollongong University. Currently Barbara is completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

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Project Manager, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW

Terrie Leoleos is the project designer and project manager for the innovative Speak My Language project with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW. Ms Leoleos has worked in the community-care sector for more than two decades in various roles, including senior management and community development roles working with youth, families, ageing and disability and alongside new and emerging communities. Throughout her career, Ms Leoleos has been driven by her passion and commitment to community harmony, social cohesion and celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity. She has completed studies in social sciences, including associate diplomas in community services, frontline management and workplace training and assessment, and is currently undertaking studies through Wollongong University to complete her masters degree in management, majoring in corporate policy and strategic change.

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Seniors Rights Service board member, previous Director of NSW Office for Ageing

Margaret cared for her mother for six years, and from 2003 to 2005 was Director, Office for Ageing, Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care. She has over 25 years’ experience in both the government and nongovernment sectors, working at all levels and settings: international, regional, national, hospital and community. She has held senior management positions in both government and non-government and provided consultancy services in governance in Australia and internationally. 1997 saw her admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.