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Compass.info is a national website navigating elder abuse in Australia. Compass aims to create a national focus on elder abuse by raising awareness of this growing social issue and simplify the process of connecting people to services and information tackling elder abuse.

The Compass podcast series showcases a range of interviews and group discussions with leading experts about topics related to elder abuse, such as financial abuse, Powers of Attorney, being a carer for an older person, planning for older age, wills, aged care and lots more.

Compass.info:

Compass is a national website navigating elder abuse in Australia. It aims to create focus on elder abuse by raising awareness of this growing social issue and to simplify the process of connecting people to services and information. Compass has been create by Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), with funding from the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.

About EAAA:

Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) is the national voice for action to eliminate elder abuse through systemic advocacy and policy development, best practice and research, and education and capacity building. EAAA is a specialist organisation with knowledge of issues that impact older people and their families, communities and broader society. Our board represents advocacy groups and individuals who are strong advocates on elder abuse in their jurisdictions.

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Compass.info is a national website navigating elder abuse in Australia. Compass aims to create a national focus on elder abuse by raising awareness of this growing social issue and simplify the process of connecting people to services and information tackling elder abuse.

The Compass podcast series showcases a range of interviews and group discussions with leading experts about topics related to elder abuse, such as financial abuse, Powers of Attorney, being a carer for an older person, planning for older age, wills, aged care and lots more.

Compass.info:

Compass is a national website navigating elder abuse in Australia. It aims to create focus on elder abuse by raising awareness of this growing social issue and to simplify the process of connecting people to services and information. Compass has been create by Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), with funding from the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.

About EAAA:

Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) is the national voice for action to eliminate elder abuse through systemic advocacy and policy development, best practice and research, and education and capacity building. EAAA is a specialist organisation with knowledge of issues that impact older people and their families, communities and broader society. Our board represents advocacy groups and individuals who are strong advocates on elder abuse in their jurisdictions.

    Making an Enduring Power of Attorney – Compass Podcast Series

    Making an Enduring Power of Attorney – Compass Podcast Series

    An Enduring Power of Attorney is an important planning tool that ensures your financial decisions will be looked after if you become unable to manage your own affairs.

    Karen Williams (ADA Law), Dr Patricia Reyes (Consultant Geriatrician at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney) and John Chesterman (Public Advocate, Queensland) discussed the ins and outs of preparing an Enduring Power of Attorney document that meets your needs.

    They covered the following topics:


    What an Enduring Power of Attorney is and the key things you need to think about when creating one? Starting the process? What it should include? Plus loads of other helpful tips.
    Capacity and why it’s so important and how it is determined?
    How you go about choosing the right Attorney
    What’s involved to be an Attorney for someone, including what makes a good attorney and common mistakes.
    The factors that LGBTQIA+ people and other community groups should consider
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Family Agreements – Compass Podcast Series

    Family Agreements – Compass Podcast Series

    Living with your adult child? Co-purchasing property with a friend? Or building an extension or granny flat with family? These common arrangements often involve an older person exchanging their property or assets in return for housing and/or care as they age. Learn more about why you should establish a formal family agreement.


    Find out what a Family Agreement is and why you might need one
    Learn more about what a Family Agreement should include
    Discover the steps to making a Family Agreement
    Get advice on what you can do when things go wrong
    Learn more about gifting money or property to a family member or other person, or moving house and how it can affect the amount of age pension a person receives

    "Older people largely know about the value of making a Will and an Enduring Power of Attorney, but much fewer know about the value of creating a formal Family Agreement. Families often enter into significant financial and care arrangements with each other verbally, with no written documentation, or clear set of rules, and very little planning for worse case scenarios. This can leave older people vulnerable to abuse.” Russell Westacott, Co-Chair Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA)

    Panellists include:



    Professor Eileen Webb – Professor of Law and Ageing in the School of Law. Eileen’s scholarly research focuses on ageing and the law (elder law) and the human rights of older people. Her recent research has focused older people’s rights to housing including security of tenure for older people and how the operation of existing laws may make older people susceptible to financial exploitation and housing vulnerability. 



    Dr Rachel Carson – A socio-legal researcher with expertise in family law and qualitative research about family law disputes. Rachel is a Senior Research Fellow and Executive Manager/Team Lead of the Family Law, Family Violence and Elder Abuse Research Team at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She has twenty years’ experience researching the Australian family law system.



    Melanie Joosten – Joosten is a social worker and writer who has worked in the areas of ageing, social policy and elder abuse for the last ten years at Seniors Rights Victoria and the National Ageing Research Institute. She is the author of the book A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age.



    Moderated by:



    Philippa McDonald – Philippa McDonald is a high profile, award winning journalist and communicator who has covered Australian and international news and current affairs.


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    • 53 min
    Grandparent Alienation: Why it happens and what you can do – Compass Podcast Series

    Grandparent Alienation: Why it happens and what you can do – Compass Podcast Series

    Grandparent Alienation occurs when grandparents are denied access to their grandchildren. It can vary from not being invited to a birthday party right through to no access at all. This can occur over a protracted period of time.

    A comprehensive conversation about Grandparent Alienation with a panel of experts who work with families in crisis, including elder law expert at Charles Sturt University, Associate Professor Susan Field, Antonios Maglis, Community Engagement and Capacity Building Officer at PRONIA who works with older people from non-English speaking backgrounds, and Gabrielle Passlow from Relationships Australia, who specialises in conflict resolution/mediation and in family dispute resolution and community sector management.

    This podcast also comes with an article by Relationships Australia QLD which you can find on the Compass website along with a curated list of Resources and Service Providers. 

    More about the moderator:

    Philippa McDonald is a high profile, award winning journalist and communicator who has covered Australian and international news and current affairs. Her career has been built on breaking news and analysis on the biggest stories of our time.

    Philippa was part of the team who won a Walkley for the ABC’s Bushfire Coverage. She is a contributor to the book “Black Summer” and was also one of those responsible for the YouTube documentary “The Anatomy of a Mega Blaze.”.

    Philippa left the ABC in October. Since then she’s been co-producing films to tackle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Papua New Guinea, she’s been busy MCing, facilitating, hosting webinars, delivering keynotes addresses, media training and strategic communications.

    More about the panellists:

    Sue Field is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University, a Director of the Australian Centre for Elder Law Pty Ltd and a Distinguished Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law.

    Sue was until recently co-editor of the Elder Law Review, the only refereed Elder Law journal in Australia. In conjunction with Professor Carolyn Sappideen and Karen Williams Sue has co-edited a recently released text on Elder Law and is working on a co-authored text on elder law for the layperson. Sue has taught Elder Law for many years, published widely and presented at many international and national events.

    Sue is currently enrolled in a PhD(i) developing an innovative model for the teaching of Elder Law. Sue also learns the cello.

    Gabrielle Passlow has degrees in psychology and education, conflict resolution/mediation and post graduate qualifications in family dispute resolution and community sector management. Gabrielle has worked in mediation and family dispute resolution since 2004 and more recently as a practitioner in Elder Mediation with Relationships Australia QLD. Gabrielle is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and a Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Attorney Generals Department. Gabrielle was the technical writer for the research and development of nationally recognised qualifications for the Family Law workforce as part of the Attorney Generals workforce development reform in 2004 -2008. She continues to provide training, consulting, and mediation services in private practice in remote and regional Qld.

    Gabrielle is passionate about the rights of older Australians and how those rights are negatively impacted by grandparent alienation as a form of elder abuse. She has an interest in grandparent’s choice of interventions in grandparent alienation matters, particularly Family Dispute Resolution in the Family Law context and Elder Mediation in a community service context.

    What interventions and outcomes do grandparents seek in cases of grandparent alienation?

    Antonios Maglis is a Community Engagement and Capacity Building Officer at PRONIA, who is passionate about community development and supporting healthy, connected and inclusive communities. He facilitates the access and social inclu

    • 1 hr 1 min
    LGBTQIA65+ Equality At Every Age – Compass Podcast Series

    LGBTQIA65+ Equality At Every Age – Compass Podcast Series

    Julie McCrossin AM is joined by Joe Ball, Jude Munro AO and Paul van Reyk, with contributions by Aunty Vanessa in this insightful conversation about the issues, concerns and opportunities that directly affect the older LGBTQIA+ community. 

    This podcast also comes with an article by Claire Allan which you can find on the Compass website along with a curated list of Resources and Service Providers. 

    More about the moderator:

    Julie McCrossin AM gets people talking. After over 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and broadcaster. Julie also facilitates conferences and seminars. Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law. After treatment for stage four throat cancer in 2013, Julie is now an Ambassador for Head & Neck Cancer Australia (formerly BeyondFive), Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. Julie hosts the podcast series, The Thing About Cancer and The Thing About Advanced Cancer for Cancer Council NSW. Julie also hosts the new podcast series produced for patients and family members by Head & Neck Cancer Australia. In 2019, Julie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media.

    More about the panellists:

    Jude Munro AO was formerly CEO of Brisbane City Council from 2000 to 2010. This included managing a $2.6bn budget, tunnels and bridges, and more than 10,000 employees. Jude is an experienced Non-Executive Director and board chair. As a Co-Founder of Gay Liberation in Melbourne in 1972 as a 21-year-old, she then went on to more activism including publishing the Young, Gay and Proud publication. Jude participated in the 1978 Mardi Gras march.

    Paul van Reyk is happy to admit to being 68 years old, a father to six children, a grandad to one child, shares his house and dogs with a straight female friend and has never used Grindr. He has been an LGBTIQ activist since 1980. Paul is also on the Inclusivity Working Group of the Seniors' Rights Centre.

    Joe Ball is the ever passionate and committed CEO of Switchboard Victoria. Switchboard Victoria is a leading LGBTIQA+ community organisation based in Melbourne that provides peer-driven support services to LGBTIQA+ people, their families and their communities. Joe believes in grass roots solutions to systemic issues and draws upon LGBTIQA+ history and the wisdom of LGBTIQA+ elders to guide their work. Joe spent their youth and teenage years volunteering as an Australian Surf Lifesaver, these days they incorporate a range of sporting activities into their life for both health and happiness. Joe identifies as trans non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them.

    A Noongar Sistergirl of the Kaneang people in Western Australia’s south west, Aunty Vanessa has been a LGBTIQ+ activist for more than 20 years. Aunty Vanessa has served as Chair for the Indigenous Committee and the Gay Men and Sistergirls Steering Committee for AFAO, helped set up the National LGBTI Health Alliance, Elder Representative for TEKWABI GIZ (Mindout’s Indigenous Advisory Committee for the National LGBTI Health Alliance), on the board of Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Medical Service, and working with Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) and Gay and Lesbian Equality (GALE) in the 80s & 90s.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Sexual Abuse of Older Women – Compass Podcast Series

    Sexual Abuse of Older Women – Compass Podcast Series

    The sexual abuse of older women is an often misunderstood and under-reported form of elder abuse. Learn how older women are discriminated against when reporting their assault experiences and how this often prevents them from receiving the help they need.

    Listen to Dr Catherine Barrett (OPAL Institute) discuss how to understand, prevent and respond to the sexual abuse of older women. Catherine was joined by leading advocates Yumi Lee (Older Women’s Network NSW) and Kerrin Bradfield (Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence). The moderator of the podcast was journalist Caroline Baum.

    This podcast also comes with an article by Dr Catherine Barrett which you can find on the Compass website along with a curated list of Resources and Service Providers.

    More about the moderator:

    Caroline Baum is a highly experienced journalist, broadcaster and moderator.

    More about the panellists:

    Dr Catherine Barrett is the director of the OPAL Institute. She is an advocate for the sexual rights of older people. She recently launched the #InHerShoes research and awareness raising project documenting the experience of older women who have reported sexual assault.

    Yumi Lee is the manager of Older Women's Network NSW, and has both a professional and personal interest in women's rights issues. She was active in the women's peace movement where she worked on nuclear disarmament and the impact of armed conflict on women. Yumi is now facilitating the work of OWN on three key issues: homelessness of older women; economic security for older women; and violence against older women.

    Kerrin Bradfield is the Education & Engagement Coordinator at the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence. She is a highly respected and sought-after Clinical Sexologist and Accredited Sexuality Educator. She is the current Queensland President and National Deputy Chair of the Society of Australian Sexologists and a Member of the World Association of Sexual Health’s Sexual Ethics Committee. Kerrin actively works to create meaningful social change around sexuality, gender, and gender-based violence.
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    • 55 min
    Preventing Financial Elder Abuse – Compass Podcast Series

    Preventing Financial Elder Abuse – Compass Podcast Series

    It’s estimated that one in five older Australians will experience some form of financial abuse in their lifetime (ABS). Financial elder abuse is the theft or misuse of an older person’s money, assets or property. Learn how to prevent yourself or someone you know from suffering financial elder abuse.

    Listen to The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO (Age Discrimination Commissioner) discuss how to understand, prevent and respond to the financial abuse of older people. She is joined by Christine Cupitt (Executive Director – Policy of the Australian Banking Association), Brian Herd (Partner in Brisbane law firm CRH Law), Daniel Coase (Senior Policy Officer, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia) and Moderator, Caroline Baum.

    This podcast is from Compass’ featured topics program, which includes a webinar, an article and featured topics page on Compass. The Hon Kay Patterson AO was the guest editor for Compass in August 2020, where she discussed methods to prevent financial abuse of older people. 

    More about the moderator:

    Caroline Baum, Moderator. Caroline is an accomplished journalist, former broadcaster, high-requested moderator, curator and photographer. Caroline is the author of ONLY, a Singular Memoir about her relationship with her parents, whom she became a carer for in their old age.

    More about the participants:

    The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO is the Age Discrimination Commissioner. Kay began her role as the Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29th July 2016. She has demonstrated a strong interest in the issues affecting older people throughout her professional life. In her role, Kay’s focus is on the rights of older workers, the blight of elder abuse and the need to encourage innovative solutions to homelessness and the risk of homelessness amongst older Australians.

    Brian Herd is a partner with the Brisbane law firm, CRH Law. He practices in Elder Law or law relating to older people (and their families) and is regarded as one of Australia's leading lawyers in this important area of later life.

    Christine Cupitt is the Executive Director – Policy of the Australian Banking Association. Chris works with our member banks to set policy strategy and develop advocacy policy on financial services, consumer protection regulation and corporate governance. With a professional focus on protecting consumer interests, Chris is responsible for developing culture initiatives, contributing to innovation and reform in banking, and promoting robust governance and professional standards.

    Daniel Coase is a Senior Policy Officer at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia. From 2013 he established and led a team within ACT Health set up to improve the organisation’s response to diversity. The initial focus was on consumers and staff from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The team was then expanded to include work on the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and people living with disabilities.
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    • 1 hr 1 min