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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 health and safety of our staff, clients, service providers and community members is of paramount importance to the Office of the Public Advocate. We continue to work through the situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and face-to-face training sessions are currently postponed.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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 will provide information sessions during World Elder Abuse Awareness Week, held in mid-June each year.

The information sessions will look at how the guardianship and administration system works to protect vulnerable adults from abuse.

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: 18-Dec-2020

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