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This Friday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the United Nations designated day to voice our opposition to the abuse inflicted on older people, most commonly by their families.
It is a day to promote ‘there’s no excuse for abuse’and to let older people in our communities know they have rights, including a right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect.
This year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) coincides with the Government’s commitment to introduce adult safeguarding legislation in the first 100 days of office.
The Office of the Public Advocate is a member of the Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (APEA), along with the Public Trustee, the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS), the Legal Services Commission and the South Australia Police.
Some staff of the Office of the Public Advocate are attending the WEAAD conferencein Adelaide on Friday 15 June and other staff are supporting awareness by wearing purple to work.
For support or information concerning elder abuse contact:
The Office of the Public Advocate will be providing a free consumer education session: a Pathway to Your Future Care.
This will cover all the relevant information you need to put your future plans in place in case you become unable to make your own decisions.
The session will provide detailed information about Advance Care Directives and Enduring Powers of Attorney, including what they are, how to complete one and how they will be used.
There will be Q&A session and free Advance Care Directive forms, Do It Yourself Kits and brochures will be available for all participants.
When: 16 April 2018 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Level 7, ABC Building, 85 North East Road Collinswood. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier
Tea and coffee will be provided, so we hope to see you there. Seats are limited so please contact Michelle Howse on (08) 8342 8200 or by email email@example.com to book your place.
Launch of Private Guardians Manual and New Fact Sheets
The Hon Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Disabilities, launched the new Private Guardians Manual in plain language style on Thursday 23 November 2017. The manual is also available in ‘easy read’ format. The Minister also launched three ‘easy read’ Fact Sheets – ‘Guardianship and the Public Advocate’, ‘Informal Arrangements’ and ‘Consent to Medical and Dental Treatment’.
South Australians with complex communication needs who need to be interviewed by police or attend court can now access the Communication Partner Service. Watch Public Advocate and Chair of the Disability Justice Plan Advisory Group Anne Gale, Chief Executive of Uniting Communities Simon Schrapel and Chief Executive Officer of JFA Purple Orange Robbi Williams discuss the service which operates between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week.
In 2016 the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council finalised the rewriting of the National Guardianship Standards in easy english.
National Carers Week 2016 will be celebrated throughout Australia from 16-22 October. National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make.
It is never too early to plan ahead.
Planning Ahead is about taking control of your future. It means that your choices will be known and acted on if you cannot express them yourself at some time in the future.
This may happen if you have a sudden accident, become very ill or develop a condition that affects your memory and your planning ability.
Thinking about your future and making your wishes known in advance can help reduce family stress and conflict during times of crisis.
It is important for all adults to understand the benefits of early planning. A suite of legal tools is available to help secure your future health, financial, legal and personal choices – such as an Advance Care Directive, Enduring Power of Attorney, Will and registration for Organ and Tissue Donation.
Planning Ahead Week 2016 provides an opportunity to think about taking control of your future:
· Talk to your family now about your future wishes.
· Act now to protect your future rights, wishes, values and preferences.
The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC announced a new Inquiry for the ALRC on 'Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse' on 24 February 2016.
The ALRC released an Issues Paper on 15 June 2016 and called for submissions from the public. Submissions closed on 18 August 2016.
The ALRC will release a Discussion Paper in late 2016 with proposals for reform, and will again call for submissions.
The reporting date is May 2017.
The Office of the Public Advocate made a submission – to view our submission click here.
We look forward to the Discussion Paper being released later this year.
September 12-16 is Planning Ahead Week and it’s time to take control of your future!
Depending on your stage of life or circumstances you can decide which of these tools will help you plan ahead..
- Appointing an attorney through an Enduring Power of Attorney who can manage legal and financial affairs if you are no longer able to.
- Make an Advance Care Directive which is a legal document where a person is able to write down his or her instructions, wishes and preferences for future health care, accommodation and personal matters, and/or appoint one or more substitute decision makers who are people chosen to made decisions on his or her behalf in any period of impaired decision making capacity, or as determined by the person.
- Making a Will to appoint an executor and to direct your estate to be distributed according to your wishes on death
Where can I get additional advice?
You can get advice from the Office of the Public Advocate Information & Advisory Service on 08 8342 8200 and Legal Services Commission information service on phone number 1300 366 424.
The annual report for 2014-2015 has been tabled. To view the report please click here.