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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advocare’s CEO Diedre Timms article “Thanks to seniors feature highlighting positive ageing” was featured in The Countryman newspaper today.
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.
Advocare’s CEO Diedre Timms was interviewed by Oliver Peterson on the Perth Live 6PR radio show in response to the launch of the WA Strategy to Respond to the Abuse of Older People (Elder Abuse) 2019-2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Advocate Anneka Bunt talked to ABC Pilbara about navigating the aged care system during Advocare’s regional trip delivering education sessions and seminars in Karratha, WA.
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.
Our Advocate Shawnee Van Poeteren talked to Vanessa Mills at Mornings for ABC Kimberley about navigating the aged care system during Advocare’s regional trip delivering education sessions and seminars in Broome, WA.
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.
The WA State Government has launched its WA Strategy to Respond to the Abuse of Older People (Elder Abuse). The draft strategy, outlines the priorities, actions and outcomes needed to stamp out elder abuse, and is open for public comment until 24 July 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.
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.
Hear our CEO Diedre Timms talk to Ben D’Andrea at the Wire Radio talking about elder abuse and inhertitance impatience following from the news regarding Stan Lee’s elder abuse lawsuit lain against former associates.
Michael Lee Centre, Occupation Therapist, Wey Chan at Meath Care, talks about why she chose to work in aged care, and how she appreciates the support of volunteers from external organisations like Advocare , who come in to support socially isolated residents and assist with their preferred activities.
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.
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.
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.
The National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023 was released today.
Our CEO Diedre Timms, who is also co-chair of Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) was invited to the event to respond to the plan launched by the Attorney general, the Hon Christian Porter and MCd by Dr Kay Patterson, Age Discrimination Commissioner.
Stopping Elder Abuse Panel Discussion – This event is further to ‘I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME’ – WHEN TRUST IS BROKEN Final Report of the Select Committee into Elder Abuse chaired by the Hon Nick Goiran MLC.
To hear our CEO Diedre Timms as a panel member in this Q&A based discussion to support tacking this crucial issue and attend this free event at 6.30pm on Thursday 14th March 2019 at the University of Western Australia please RSVP email to Sherry.Sufi@waliberal.org.au
Advocare is delighted to be partnering with COTA Australia to provide an information hub and specialist support worker as part of the National Trial of the Aged Care System Navigator initiative being rolled out today.
Our CEO, Diedre Timms attended the launch today with the Hon Ken Wyatt MP at Umbrella Community Care.
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.
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.
Listen to our CEO, Diedre Timms, talking to Mornings on 6PR|882 with Gareth Parker about the rise of elder abuse calls we have received to our WA Elder Abuse Helpline, the need for the community to be aware of and respond to elder abuse, and the warning signs we can all look out for.
The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP launched the ‘Talk to Us First’ training program at Advocare, developed by Altura Learning on behalf of the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), to increase awareness of aged care providers about consumers’ rights and the value that advocacy services can bring to aged care. Minister Wyatt also launched OPAN’s ‘National Elder Abuse Prevention and Advocacy Framework’ which provides a basis for nationally consistent approaches to elder abuse support and prevention.
Listen to our CEO Diedre Timms, OPAN CEO Craig Gear, and Minister Ken Wyatt talk to 10News Perth about this world first framework, the prevalence of elder abuse in our community, and the whole-society approach needed to tackle elder abuse across Australia.
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 ‘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 Sarah Russell’s article released by The Guardian – ‘Robbed of Precious time’: chemical restraints and aged care.
Watch the 7News Perth 6pm bulletin with Geof Parry interviewing our CEO, Diedre Timms, following a year long parliamentary inquiry into elder abuse.
Read Caroline Baum’s article released by The Guardian – A sense of belonging: the best aged care lifts the spirits.
Read Caroline Baum’s article released by The Guardian – Inheritance impatience: ‘Our family has been wrecked by this experience’.
Listen to our CEO, Diedre Timms, talking to Mornings on 6PR|882 with Gareth Parker about the impact of elder abuse in our community.