Webinar panellists

Recognising Elder Abuse Webinar

This free Compass webinar will help you identify the key risk factors and warning signs that are connected to the abuse of older people. Register below.

Last updated: 28 July 2022
  • Thursday, 8 September 2022, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Webinar
  • Free
  • Register here

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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.

  1. Learn about the risk factors connected with elder abuse

  2. Find out more about the warning signs connected to abuse experienced by older people.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Panellists

  • 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.

  • Sonia Colvin – Founder of Hairdressers with Hearts
    Sonia Colvin is the founder of Hairdressers with Hearts (HwH), a not-for-profit organisation that takes a proactive approach against domestic violence and elder abuse by harnessing the intimate and trusted relationship between Australia's 67,000 plus hairdressers and barbers and their clients. HwH believes that by empowering hairdressers and barbers with the correct resources and appropriate training they can make a difference in the lives of many Australians. Hairdressers and barbers are frontline in the community, reaching people on a grass roots level, having intimate conversations with clients walking through the door on a regular basis.

  • 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.

Moderator

  • 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.