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A Tribute to Feisty, Fabulous and Fifty Plus Women

Monday 8 March 2021 10.30am to 11.45 AEDT

Join Julie Ankers, in conversation with Kerry Chater, Jo Miley and Sandy Croker on March 8th in celebration of International Women's Day.

What does it mean to be an older woman today?

What has it been like to be an older woman changing careers?

What's the secret to ageing well?

These, and more questions, will be discussed! '



Final Report: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Elder Abuse Action Australia acknowledge and thank the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the many individuals who shared their stories. It’s now time for action to end ageism, discrimination and abuse of older people.


Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The final report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care is being sent to the Government today. Below are two related media reports from this last week.

The Guardian Australia

The royal commission report should give the Australian government a plan to fix aged care. Will they act on it?


On the eve of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Q+A asked: Are we failing our older citizens?


Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021

Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and COTA Tasmania are proud partners in the Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021. These important conversations will continue in the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference in Hobart. 

Forum 1: Unveiling Ageism, Elder Abuse and Rights in the Age of COVID-19 

10-11.30am AEDT, 1 March 2021 

Join our expert international panel to hear how COVID-19 shines a light on ageism and elder abuse in our communities and institutions. Speakers will describe the social, economic and rights-based tools to combat elder abuse already available or within our grasp, and the steps we need to take.

Forum 1 Topics

  • How has the COVID-19 experience of Italy enabled and exposed the abuse of older people’s rights?
  • How has COVID-19 enabled and exposed the abuse of older people’s rights in residential aged care?
  • How can economic and social investments in healthy ageing contribute to the prevention of elder abuse?
  • Is an investment in climate action an investment in healthy ageing?
  • Age discrimination is a major factor in elder abuse. What can governments and the community do to counteract the pervasive effects of ageism?
  • How has COVID-19 influenced attempts to raise support for a global convention on the rights of older persons?

Speakers in order of presentation:

  • Professor Diego de Leo AO
  • Sarah Bolt
  • Ian Yates AM
  • Professor John Beard
  • The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO
  • Dr Kiran Rabheru



COTA Meet and Greet Launceston

Friday 5 March 2021
Red Dove Cafe, 34 Paterson St, Launceston

COTA Tasmania Meet & Greets are an opportunity for people to come together to hear about a variety of topics of interest to older Tasmanians. Sessions are relaxed and informal and everyone is welcome to attend.

Our guest speaker for March is Brigid Wilkinson, COTA TAS’ Active Ageing Project Officer.

Brigid will be talking about liveable communities and what COTA is doing to increase the liveability of communities across Tasmania.

We hope that you will join us.

RSVPs are essential phone 03 6231 3265 or email


NSW Seniors Festival

NSW Seniors Festival will run 13 - 24 April 2021

NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, reaching up to 500,000 seniors each year.

If you are over 60, NSW Seniors Festival gives you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones at an array of local community programs, many which are free or heavily discounted.

Presented by the Department of Communities & Justice (DCJ), NSW Seniors Festival is designed to celebrate the role seniors play and the contributions they make to the NSW community.

Every year during NSW Seniors Festival, government, community and commercial organisations hold hundreds of events across the state, encompassing art, sport, music, entertainment, technology, recreation, health, good nutrition and much more!

Who is NSW Seniors Festival for?

  • The Seniors Festival is for:
  • people over 60
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the age of 50
  • people over 50 that have a lifelong disability.

COVID 19 Vaccine Information Webinar

As an older person, you probably have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We hope we answered some of them in our first webinar which you can replay here.

OPAN's second webinar on Tuesday, February 23, at 11:30 AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time focuses on the process for you to provide consent, or decline, whichever you choose.

Although having the COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged, the choice is ultimately yours. The panel will discuss the informed consent process and the right to have your decision making supported and respected.

OPAN is delighted to see many residential aged care facilities screening OPAN's webinars in communal spaces for residents, and would love to see more inclusion, and photos! Share photos of your screening on social media and tag OPAN!

A panel of aged care sector professionals will join OPAN for a free webinar on Tuesday, February 23, at 11.30 AM Australian Eastern Daylight Time to talk you through what informed consent means, and how you can give it. A live Q&A will follow.

We will cover

  • What is informed consent and how to give it
  • Supported decision making about COVID-19 immunisation
  • Residential aged care vaccination preparations
  • The role of medical power of attorney and enduring guardians
  • Where to turn with further questions

On the panel

  • Geoff Rowe, CEO Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia
  • Theresa Flavin, OPAN National Older Persons Reference Group member
  • Dr Melanie Wroth, Chief Clinical Advisor, Aged Care Quality & Safety Commission
  • Vanda Iaconese, Chief Executive Officer, Doutta Galla Aged Services

Join us to learn more about the process of giving informed consent for a COVID-19 vaccination, and how to facilitate supported decision making around immunisation.


The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference

The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conference in April 2021 is the leading event in Australia for aged, health and human service providers to develop their knowledge, skills and practice to meet the needs of older LGBTI people.

This conference brings together health practitioners, researchers, academics, policymakers, community members, community organisations large and small, , advocates, and others who are interested in improving the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people.


LGBTQIA65+ Equality at Every Age Webinar

Julie McCrossin AM moderates a diverse panel of members from the Rainbow community as they explore the particular characteristics and vulnerabilities of older LGBTQIA+ people and talk about real life examples of elder abuse in their community and how they are planning to stay happy and healthy as they age.

Sponsored by Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, this webinar seeks to explore the impact of elder abuse within the LGBTQIA+ communities and to also promote sources of information, resources and service providers that are accessible and friendly to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Join the discussion and ask our panel members to share the steps they are taking personally to protect themselves from abuse as they age and to offer hope, while raising awareness about the importance of self-protection as individuals and as a community.


Senior Australian of the Year for 2021

Congratulations to Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, Senior Australian of the year for 2021. She was recognised for her contribution to children’s education in the NT and her commitment to making Australia a better place.