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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.

    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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    Being a Carer: Demands, Risks and Resilience – Compass Podcast Series

    Being a Carer: Demands, Risks and Resilience – Compass Podcast Series

    Being a Carer can be rewarding, challenging, worthwhile and overwhelming. This webinar provides perspectives on how to prepare and deal with all the challenges and responsibilities that come with being a Carer and caring relationships. Caring relationships can take many forms from intimate partner caring, intergenerational caring, informal caring right through to more formal caring scenarios.

    Listen to the Compass “Being a Carer” podcast where our panellists discuss the demands, risks and resilience involved in being a Carer. Moderator Caroline Baum was joined by Jenni Dickson (Executive Manager Community Support Services at Better Place Australia), Sarah Walbank (Senior Quality and Improvement Officer at Carers Queensland), Val Fell (Dementia Advocate for Dementia Australia) and Jonathan Harverson (Senior Case Coordinator at the Ageing and Disability Commission NSW).

    This podcast from Compass’ featured topics program for October 2020, included a webinar, an article and featured topics page on Compass.

    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:

    Jenni Dickson, Executive Manager Community Support Services of Better Place Australia. Jenni has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector. She has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Diploma Community Health. Jenni brings to Better Place Australia a strong background in services development and quality improvement. She has a background in Aged and Community Care and has significant experience in improving the client experience.

    Sarah Walbank, Senior Quality and Improvement Officer of Carers Queensland Ltd. Sarah has 40 years’ experience in the community care sector in both Australia and England and is passionate about supporting vulnerable people to live satisfying and enriched lives. Sarah has drawn on her own experiences as a primary carer to advocate for an increased recognition of, and respect for carers during her 11 years with Carers Queensland. Committed to improving the cultural safety of support services, Sarah was influential in supporting Carers Queensland to become a Rainbow Tick accredited organisation. Instrumental in fostering new research about carers, Sarah is a co-author of 'Experiences of abuse in Australian family carers and predictors of mental health and well-being'.

    Jonathan Harverson is a Senior Case Coordinator at the Ageing and Disability Commission NSW, prior to that Jonathan worked at the NSW Ombudsman and NSW Public Guardian.

    Val Fell is a passionate Dementia Advocate for Dementia Australia and a peer educator with COTA and has been facilitating a support group for carers of people with dementia for 7 years in the Illawarra area. She is a retired statistician and former carer for her husband Ian who had Alzheimer’s and passed away in 2013. Val is the City of Wollongong’s ‘Senior Citizen for 2020’ in recognition for her contributions to her community. Val advocates and assists people living with dementia and carers and families, and has extensive experience in navigating through My Aged Care and accessing services in her regional area. She is also currently studying an online Bachelor of Dementia Care degree from the University of Tasmania.

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    • 57 min
    Working Together to Tackle Elder Abuse – Compass Podcast Series

    Working Together to Tackle Elder Abuse – Compass Podcast Series

    Listen to the Elder Abuse Service, Legal Aid NSW team discuss how their interdisciplinary approach has enabled them to better understand, prevent and respond to elder abuse. The team consists of Mary Lovelock, Senior Solicitor, Tanya Chapman, Solicitor and Lynn McLennan, Social Worker.

    In this Compass podcast, they provide an example of how their interdisciplinary team works together to provide the best solution for the client. An interdisciplinary team is defined as a group of professionals from diverse fields who work in a coordinated fashion towards a common goal for the client.

    This podcast also comes with an article by the Elder Abuse Service, Legal Aid NSW, which you can find on the Compass website along with a curated list of Resources and Service Providers.

    More about the participants:

    Mary Lovelock is the senior solicitor for the Elder Abuse Service. Mary has worked in a number of senior positions in Legal Aid NSW for 13 years including 8 years working as the solicitor in charge of civil law services in south west Sydney. Prior to working in law Mary was a registered nurse. Since working with Legal Aid NSW Mary has always been interested in the intersection between health and law, having been involved in a number of Health Justice Partnerships.

    Tanya Chapman is a solicitor in the Elder Abuse Service. She brings to the team four years’ experience specialising in elder law, retirement villages, and wills and estates. Before that, Tanya was the senior content developer for the College of Law Masters programs for several years. Tanya has a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law with Honours, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Masters of Law.

    Lynn McLennan is a social worker with the Elder Abuse Service at Legal Aid NSW. She comes to the team with over 15 years of experience in social work, the majority of which has been in NSW Health. Within NSW Health, Lynn has worked in both general and mental health, including eight years in a rural hospital in which she learnt ways to provide more creative interventions to clients. Lynn has experience in developing pathways within services to improve a client’s journey, via processes which include collaborative multidisciplinary approaches, best practice interventions and collaborative goal planning.

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