Join the conversation and have your questions answered.
Compass brings together experts from across our community to help you identify the key risk factors and the early warning signs that are connected to the abuse of older people.
The webinar will highlight the types of abuse that can be inflicted on older people, common behaviours of perpetrators and tactics that are used. The webinar will also identify ways you can respond if you are experiencing abuse or if you are a witness to abuse or suspect elder abuse is happening to someone you know.
Learn about the risk factors connected with elder abuse
Find out more about the warning signs connected to abuse experienced by older people.
If you are experiencing abuse, we will highlight the people and supports you can turn to, things you can do and resources you can access.
If you know or suspect an older person is experiencing or at risk of abuse, find out about what you can do, and the best ways to respond.
Tilé Imo – Coordinating Senior Lawyer, Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service at the Caxton Legal Centre Inc
Tilé has been the Coordinating Senior Lawyer of the Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service (OPALS) since August 2019. OPALS is Queensland’s first health justice partnership providing free legal and social work assistance to older people experiencing, or at risk of, elder abuse.
Dr Elizabeth Hindmarsh – Chairperson, Royal Australian College of General Practice.
Dr Elizabeth (Libby) Hindmarsh has been working in general practice for over 30 years. For 10 years she worked in Aboriginal Health on Elcho Island in the Northern Territory and in an Aboriginal general practice on the outskirts of Sydney. She has been a GP supervisor and involved in many aspects of GP education. Since 1992 she has worked on projects with RACGP in the area of Family and Domestic Abuse and Violence. She is co-editor with Prof Kelsey Hegarty of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) 5th edition ‘Abuse and violence: working with our patients in general practice’. She is the chairperson for the RACGP Faculty of Specific Interest - Abuse and Violence in families Network. She is committed to keeping the older members of the Australian community safe from abuse and violence.
Sonia Di Mezza – CEO of Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
Sonia Di Mezza is the CEO of Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, in Central Victoria. She previously worked as the Deputy CEO of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carers Advocacy Service (ADACAS) in Canberra, where she advocated for the rights of older people, predominately from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Sonia has managed human rights projects including a legal aid in Sudan and Pakistan for Afghan refugee widowed women. She worked as a Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon, and for an Indian child rights NGO in Delhi. Sonia has worked as a refugee lawyer in Australian immigration detention centres. She is a solicitor and human rights lawyer, and speaks five languages.
Philippa McDonald – 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.