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FOCUS: Advocacy in the Riverina

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Aug 18

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Tammy Cabban recently joined Seniors Rights Service as our aged care advocate/education officer in the Riverina, based in Wagga. She has had a busy first few months and says she is excited to be building her reach across south-west New South Wales.

 

My first couple of months at Seniors Rights Service as the Wagga Wagga advocate/education officer most rewarding and valuable. My background is in aged care, where I worked as a coordinator, case manager and sector support. That experience has been useful in this new role, making it even more rewarding. The team has been very supportive and welcoming and I believe  I can use my knowledge to deliver results for clients in this area.

 

I have been a member of the Wagga Wagga Elder Abuse Collaborative Team (WWEACT) since its inception in 2016. WWEACT aims to extend the capacity of local agencies in identifying, responding to and preventing abuse of older people. We welcome opportunities to provide education and awareness to community groups and individuals, and highlight World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

 

I have been well received in this region and have been invited to speak at the Elder Abuse Forum in Griffith on September 13, representing Seniors Rights Service. The keynote speaker will be Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. This is a wonderful opportunity for Seniors Rights Service and will allow me to make and renew connections with a range of people.

 

I recently visited Bland Shire, in NSW’s Central West, where I conducted an education session for a local men’s group called Bland Blokes. I also attended and spoke at the local interagency, and spoke to local service providers regarding further education sessions for community groups and staff. The local health committee is interested in providing a forum to speak to the community regarding aged care and Seniors Rights Service.

 

I have also visited and contacted many local services to introduce my role as advocate/education officer. Tumut Community Transport has invited me to speak to the social group regarding seniors’ rights, and I am also attending the Australian Association of Gerontology regional symposium at Charles Sturt University; the Riverina Murray Regional Forum and the Community Care Wagga Wagga Forum.

 

I am looking forward to taking this role across the region and gaining as much skill and knowledge as I can. Thank you all for your support.

Wagga Wagga aged care advocate/education officer Tammy Cabban.