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June 2021

As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June, our advocate Shawnee spoke with Ed Cowlishaw from ABC Kimberley Pilbara Mornings to raise awareness about the prevalence of elder abuse in our community. Shawnee also explained what elder abuse is, and how Advocare’s team of experienced advocates can provide support to older people and community members through advocacy, information and education, and the free and confidential WA Elder Abuse Helpline.

Listen to the interview here

June 2021

Our CEO, Etta Palumbo, spoke with John “Burgo” Burgess from 6IX about the need for elder abuse and the mistreatment of older people to be on everyone’s radar ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15. Etta also explained the role of an advocate at Advocare, the types of elder abuse we see, what makes older people vulnerable to elder abuse and how Advocare can provide free and confidential support to older West Australians experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, elder abuse.

Listen to the radio interview here 

June 2021

Lots of coverage for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the June edition of the Senior, including an interview with our CEO, Ms Etta Palumbo (Page 3).

Read the digital version here (Page 3, cover page, Page 25).

Our Navigator, Erica Wright talked to the ABC Kimberley about the free aged care navigation service we provide.

May 2021

We welcome the increased $94 million additional investment in aged care advocacy announced in the Federal Budget this month.  

Read our media statement here.

April 2021

Our Navigator, Erica, joined Wangki Radio to talk about their upcoming trip to Fitzroy, the services Advocare offer, and in particular, the Navigators trial.

Listen to the radio interview below.

April 2021

Royal Commissioners, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO presented the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to the Governor-General, His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) on 26 February 2021. It was tabled on 1 March 2021.

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) released a media statement outlining that the Royal Commission supports the transformation of the aged care system, whereby older peoples’ rights are the focus.

Read the Final Report here 

Read OPAN’s media statement here 

February 2021

Erica, our Specialist Aged Care Navigator for the North-West region, spoke with Sandy Dann from Goolarri Media about how our Aged Care Navigators can assist older members of the regional community to access aged care services, and understand what services might be available to improve their day-to-day lives and remain living at home more independently for as long as possible.

Listen to the interview here 

February 2021

Advocare has appointed Ms Etta Palumbo as Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Palumbo will commence in the role in March at a time when demand for Advocare’s advocacy services over issues around elder abuse and the rights of older people in aged care homes is at an all-time high after steadily increasing in recent years.

Read our media statement here

February 2021

Advocare responded to a 7News report on allegations of abuse at a Perth residential aged care facility.

Anyone concerned about their aged care services at home or in a facility should contact Advocare on 1800 655 566.

Watch the 7News report here

Read our media statement here

January 2021

Advocare’s Acting CEO, Justine Martyr, spoke with Nine News following the deaths of two residents at the Nedlands residential aged care facility, under investigation of alleged elder abuse.

Justine explained “we all must learn from these types of incidents”, and it was important abuse of older Australians is discussed.

Watch the Nine News report here

January 2021

Advocare’s Acting CEO, Justine Martyr, spoke with Geoff Hutchison from the ABC Perth Drive program in relation to reports of alleged mistreatment of older residents in a residential aged care facility in Nedlands. Justine explains the role of Advocare by providing free information, advocacy and support to older people and their families in the WA community.

Also featured in this segment is an interview with Frances Veltman, the daughter of one of the alleged elderly victims at the aged care facility in Nedlands.

Listen to the full Drive program here – (Justine’s interview with Geoff at 1hour:50mins)

Listen to the interview with Frances Veltman here 

January 2021

Advocare’s Acting CEO, Justine Martyr, and CEO of the Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN), Craig Gear, were interviewed in response to reports of alleged mistreatment of older residents in a local Perth residential aged care facility.

Advocare’s experienced advocates are attending the aged care facility this week to support residents and their families.

Read the OPAN media release here

Read the ABC report here 

Read the 7News Perth report here 

Watch the Sunrise News segment here 

December 2020

To celebrate International Volunteer Day 2020, Advocare hosted a celebratory breakfast, attended by Minister Mick Murray and over 30 volunteers from Advocare’s Community Visitor Scheme (CVS), at Crown Perth on Friday 4 December 2020. This was an opportunity to highlight the incredible contribution Advocare’s volunteers make to the lives of socially isolated or lonely older people, receiving aged care services in-home or in residential aged care across Perth.

Read the media statement here 

October 2020

Advocare are very excited to be working with the WA Department of Communities to train financial counsellors to recognise, respond and prevent financial elder abuse, particularly in vulnerable communities. Advocare will develop and deliver a series of live webinars for the financial services industry, which will also be available as an ongoing resource on the Advocare website. The first training session will be launched at the Financial Counsellors’ Association of WA’s Annual Conference 2020. Advocare’s Acting CEO, Justine Martyr, will be presenting at the conference on Monday 26 & Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Read the media statement here

September 2020

Advocare’s Acting CEO, Justine Martyr, was interviewed by The West Australian in response to the fatal attack on Perth grandfather Emiliano Lombardi. This article featured in The West on Thursday 3 September 2020.

View the article here

July 2020

Advocare’s CEO, Diedre Timms, spoke with Gareth Parker on Mornings 6PR to discuss the need for adequate planning to deal with COVID-19 in aged care facilities as the Royal Commission into Aged Care continues. Diedre also highlights that all older people with who have tested positive to COVID-19 have the right to be treated in hospital if they choose, as aged care facilities are not equipped to deal with the virus.

Listen to the interview here

Advocare’s CEO, Diedre Timms, spoke with Scotty Day from 6WR The Brekky Show on Waringarri Radio in Kununurra on 21 July to promote a forum and series of education sessions in the Kununurra region. Some of Advocare’s experienced team including Advocare’s Specialist Advocates were in the region to talk to local community members who may need assistance with accessing aged care services or understanding what supports are available to them. A media statement was also released to promote this event.

Listen and watch the interview here 

Read the media statement here

June 2020

Hear Advocare’s CEO, Diedre Timms, talk to Ollie Peterson from 6PR Radio about financial elder abuse within the WA Community and how older West Australians can fall victim to financial scams, particularly with the shift to cashless transactions.

Listen to the interview here 

As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2020, a media statement was released outlining the impacts of elder abuse within the WA community and what signs to look out for that an older person may be at risk of elder abuse. This statement also highlights the concern that COVID-19 will most likely amplify some of the pre-existing risk factors for elder abuse, and that as older people are more isolated during the pandemic, some of these warning signs may be missed as a result.

Read the media statement here 

May 2020

Anneka Bunt, one of Advocare’s Aged Care Navigators, spoke to Matty at Goolarri Media about the role of Advocare and how we can support older West Australians with advocacy, information and support. Anneke also explains how Advocare is trialling an information project assisting seniors to navigate the Australian aged care system, ‘My Aged Care’, for access to aged care services. Anneke also explains what services are still available for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the Broome and Kimberley regions via phone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to the interview here

Anneka Bunt, one of Advocare’s Aged Care Navigators, recently spoke to Ngaarda Media about how Advocare is trialling an information project to assist seniors to navigate the Australian aged care system, ‘My Aged Care’, for access to aged care services, and about how our services are still available for Indigenous and other Australians in the north-west via the phone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to the interview here

April 2020

Advocare CEO Diedre Timms was interviewed by the ABC about the impact closures of aged care facilities had had on older Australians due to the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on operators to reconsider their bans on visitors.

Read the article here

Advocare CEO Diedre Timms joined The Weekend Catch-Up where she told Mark Gibson aged care providers who had gone further with lock downs had caused unintended consequences.

Listen to the interview here

27 February 2020

A media statement has been released today inviting older residents of Denmark, their families and carers to the first event in our Older Together – A Community Conversation series on Monday 16 March 2020, from 10:00am until 12:30pm, at the Shire of Denmark Reception Room, 953 South Coast Hwy, Denmark.

Read the media statement here.

17 February 2020

A media statement has been released today inviting older residents of Donnybrook, their families and carers to the first event in our Older Together – A Community Conversation series on Monday 24 February 2020. The workshop is free to attend and open to people of all ages.

Read the media statement here.

11 February 2020

A media statement has been released today inviting older residents of Esperance, their families and carers to the first event in our Older Together – A Community Conversation series on Thursday 13 February 2020, from 9:30am until 12:00pm, at the Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club, 99 Daw Drive, Bandy Creek.

Read the media release here.

28 November 2019

Advocare’s CEO Diedre Timms article “Thanks to seniors feature highlighting positive ageing” was featured in The Countryman newspaper today.

Read the article here

22 November 2019

A media statement was released today inviting older Port Hedland seniors, their families and carers to special information sessions in Port Hedland on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December 2019 as part of the National Aged Care Navigator Trial.

Read the media statement here

13 November 2019

Advocare’s CEO Diedre Timms was interviewed by Eliza Wynn for a front page story in the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt Advocate, ‘Aged care agenda: Attitude towards elders to change’ as part of Seniors Week 2019.

Read the article here

12 November 2019

Advocare’s CEO Diedre Timms article “It’s up to all of us to help stop elder abuse” was featured in the West Australian today as part of Seniors Week 2019.

Read the article here

8 November 2019

A media statement was released today inviting older Midwest residents, their families and carers to special information sessions in Geraldton and Kalbarri on the 25th, 26th and 28th November 2019 as part of the National Aged Care Navigator Trial.

Read the media statement here

5 November 2019

A media statement was released today inviting older Derby residents, their families and carers to a special information session in the Derby Library on Wednesday 20th November 2019 as part of the National Aged Care Navigator Trial.

Read the media statement here

8 October 2019

A media statement was released today inviting older Karratha residents, their families and carers to a special information session in Karratha City Shopping Centre on Thursday 17th October 2019 as part of the National Aged Care Navigator Trial.

Read the media statement here

19 September 2019

A media statement was released today inviting older Kimberley residents, their families and carers to a special information session in Broome on Tuesday 24th September 2019 as part of the National Aged Care Navigator Trial.

Read the Media Statement Here

15 June 2019

Our CEO Diedre Timms, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk and Chief Operating Officer of Bankwest’s personal and business banking division launched the Government’s draft strategy to tackle the issue and raise awareness of financial elder abuse.

Read the ABC report here

14 June 2019

Today we began a partnership with Legal Aid WA to enhance the support for those calling the Elder Abuse Helpline. Advocare Advocates and Legal Aid Lawyers will also be able to directly contact each other to obtain information about legal issues and refer clients for non-legal advocacy support and referral.

Read the press release here

6 June 2019

Hear our CEO Diedre Timms talk to Ben D’Andrea at the Wire Radio talking about elder abuse and inheritance impatience following from the news regarding Stan Lee’s elder abuse lawsuit lain against former associates.

Listen to the report here

21 May 2019

Our CEO Diedre Timms and Specialist Advocate Justine Martyr attended the announcement of the new funding agreement by Minister Mick Murray today at Parliament House ensuring the continuation of Advocare’s Elder Abuse Helpline for a further 5 years.

Read the media statement here

1 May 2019

Advocare’s recommendations were featured in the Health and Medicine section of the Aged Care Guide magazine in the West Australian about care choices available if you are stuck or unhappy with your home provider.

Read the article here

29 March 2019

Advocare’s CEO, Diedre Timms welcomes the new single Charter of Rights with the focus on consumer well being.

New laws will compel all aged care providers to sign and conform to a single, strengthened Charter of Rights released this week under the Government’s latest aged care quality and safety reforms.

More Information and Charter here

11 January 2019

Following the Morrison government announcing an additional 10,000 home care packages to be rolled out across the country this week, our CEO Diedre Timms explains to ‘Starts at 60’ that there are currently over 100,000 senior Australians on the list to receive these vital services, and the roll out will only cater for 10% of those in need.

Read the full article here

3 December 2018

Financial elder abuse was a ‘hot topic’ on Channel 7’s Sunrise, following The West Australian’s report into elder abuse. With calls to our WA Elder Abuse Helpline increasing, we are seeing more and more older people bravely coming forward for elder abuse support from our advocates. 

Read the West Australian article & watch the sunrise segment here 

Read the Perth Now article here 

7 November 2018

Our CEO Diedre Timms spoke with the Australian Business Executive about the services offered by Advocare, the work undertaken to raise our profile, and the need for the government to allocate adequate funding and resources to the aged care sector.

Read the article here 

2 November 2018

Read the article ‘Elder Abuse is Everyone’s Business’ in the November edition of the Medical Forum WA, WA’s Independent Monthly for Health Professionals. Our CEO Diedre Timms spoke with Peter McClelland about the community’s role in identifying and responding to elder abuse.

Read the article here 

14 September 2018

Nearly two-thirds of aged care residents are prescribed psychotropic drugs regularly. Questions that must be urgently asked. Read Sarah Russell’s article released by The Guardian – ‘Robbed of Precious time’: chemical restraints and aged care.

Read the article here

13 September 2018

Read Caroline Baum’s article released by The Guardian – A sense of belonging: the best aged care lifts the spirits.

Read the article here

Read Caroline Baum’s article released by The Guardian – Inheritance impatience: ‘Our family has been wrecked by this experience’.

Read the article here

8 August 2018

Listen to our CEO, Diedre Timms, talking to Mornings on 6PR|882 with Gareth Parker about the impact of elder abuse in our community.

Listen to the interview here