Seniors Rights Service has been extending its reach into diverse communities with a series of training and education sessions to share knowledge about people’s rights as they age.
In Fairfield, we were invited by the multicultural police liaison to take part in a panel discussion on ageing and the abuse of older people, with an audience of around 80 people. Among the panel members were Burmese, Greek, Arabic-speaking and Buddhist community leaders, who provided unique insights into tackling elder abuse in their communities. Much discussion arose from a DVD featuring a hypothetical scenario around financial abuse. The DVD proved a useful tool for networking and engaging with a broad range of people.
Seniors Rights Service’s education manager Diana Bernard was also invited, in collaboration with the LGBTI Health Alliance, to provide diversity training to 140 quality assessors from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. The training, in Sydney and Brisbane, included case studies on older LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in aged care. The case studies were pulled from the work done at Seniors Rights Service, and the training was very well received.
On August 11 and 12, Seniors Rights Service took part in the very popular Chinese Seniors Expo in the Sydney Town Hall. More than 6,000 people attended the expo, with many people dropping by our stall to chat to Diana and our Cantonese-speaking solicitor Christine Ai. We also did a presentation on our services and the financial risks faced by people from CALD backgrounds. The presentation received praise from attendees, including Chinese Australian Services Society and the Australian Nursing Home Foundation.