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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

There are a growing number of people in our community who are elderly and have a cognitive impairment, often due to dementia. This vulnerable group of people face a higher risk of abuse, exploitation and neglect, often referred to as ‘elder abuse’.

As part of its on-going efforts to raise awareness of elder abuse and find ways to combat it, the Office of the Public Advocate is once again providing an information session during World Elder Abuse Awareness Week.

The session, entitled ‘Planning for your Future’, will explain how an Enduring Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Guardianship and Advance Health Directive can be used to protect you from potential abuse and exploitation.

If you are interested in finding out more, register now.

Service providers in the health, aged care, disability or related sectors are also welcome to register.

Date: Wednesday 15 June, 2016, 9:30am to 12 noon
Venue: Main Hall, Gary Holland Community Centre, 19 Kent Street, Rockingham
Cost: Free
To register: Call 9278 7300 or email

Presented in partnership with the City of Rockingham, as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2016.

The Office of the Public Advocate conducts a variety of training, information and education sessions for a range of different audiences. These sessions are held throughout the year in venues around the wider metropolitan area. Information sessions can also be delivered by video conference to regional and remote areas.

Topics covered may include the principles and workings of the guardianship and administration system, enduring powers of attorney, enduring powers of guardianship, preventing elder abuse and the hierarchy for medical treatment decisions.

The office also participates in relevant events linked to significant community-based initiatives such as Seniors’ Week, Carers’ Week and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The calendar of training dates and topics is advertised on the website as they become available. Please note that most sessions require booking and some of them attract a fee - please consult the calendar and book your place following the instructions. The calendar, and any available flyers and registration forms, can be downloaded from below.

Community member information sessions

The office conducts information sessions for community members to promote and explain the future planning documents available in Western Australia: enduring powers of attorney, enduring powers of guardianship and advance health directives. Information sessions introducing the guardianship and administration system for families supporting a person with a disability are also offered.

Service provider training

The office offers training and information sessions for service providers working with vulnerable adults across Western Australia. These can be on different topics relevant to professionals in the health, disability, aged-care and related sectors. These sessions give service providers the opportunity to learn more about the guardianship and administration system and to consider their duty of care when working with people with a decision-making disability.

Private administrator training

Run in partnership with the Public Trustee, these seminars are designed for private administrators appointed by the State Administrative Tribunal to manage the financial affairs of adults with decision-making disabilities. Private administrators are informed of their duties and responsibilities in managing a represented person’s estate and legal affairs.

Health professionals

Please note that the Department of Health is responsible for training health professionals on Advance Health Directives. Relevant resources and an e-learning package are available on the Department of Health’s Advance Health Directive training page.

Last updated: 7-Jun-2016

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