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Calling out physical, financial, and mental wrongdoing on Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder Abuse Action Australia co-chair Jenny Blakey says, “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to affirm the value of older people and their rights to be respected." BIANCA ROBERTS reports

COTA head says election focus needs to be on older Australians

The peak body for older Australians has urged whoever wins the May 21 election to take a whole of government approach to tackle issues faced by older Australians.

Designer Pound working to ensure future generations enter their older years with dignity

Annabelle Pound is a key member of human-centred design firm, Designit. She and her colleagues believe that in order to deliver true quality of care for elders across the nation, providers must move away from the ‘one-size fits all' approach. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Government urged to join push for new UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

The EveryAGE Counts campaign and OPAN are calling on the Government to support the development of a new UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons, claiming the human rights of older people are currently poorly defined and routinely overlooked.

MP calls for ‘deeply unjust and discriminatory’ NDIS age limit to be struck out

Under the current National Disability Insurance Scheme, those who acquire their injuries after the age of 65 are not eligible for support and instead need to go through the aged care system. Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie is calling on the Government to strike out the cutoff.

Pandemic among factors contributing to old age suicide: new research

Western attitudes towards ageing, physical and social impediments and impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are some of the factors responsible for high suicide rates in older adults, according to new research from Griffith University.  

Change needed to break the ageism forcing over-55s to languish without work

Australia’s campaign to end ageism, EveryAGE Counts, is calling for urgent change in the wake of new research that has found that older Australians are massively overrepresented in Australia’s long-term unemployment crisis.

New NARI guide advocates changing language to combat ageism

To mark Australia’s first Ageism Awareness Day last Friday (October 1) the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) released an age-positive language guide.

Law Council of Australia calls for urgent action to protect the rights and dignity of older persons

On today, the International Day of Older Persons (October 1, 2021), the Law Council of Australia is calling for stronger protections for the human rights of older persons, including increased efforts towards an international Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

New research reveals ageism as the nation’s most accepted form of prejudice

A new report by the Australian Human Rights Commission has found most Australians (90 per cent) agree ageism exists in Australia, with 83 per cent agreeing ageism is a problem and 65 per cent saying it affects people of all ages. 

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