ELDER ABUSE: Piano Forte panel members Marian Hall, Regional Manager of Public Trustee QLD; Les Jackson from the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit; Dan and Bruce from Financial Information Service, Department of Human Services; Wendy Pearse, Advanced Care Planning, Queensland Health; Julian Porter, Sunshine Coast Community Legal Service; and Ben O'Rouke, Relationships Australia QLD.
ELDER ABUSE: Piano Forte panel members Marian Hall, Regional Manager of Public Trustee QLD; Les Jackson from the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit; Dan and Bruce from Financial Information Service, Department of Human Services; Wendy Pearse, Advanced Care Planning, Queensland Health; Julian Porter, Sunshine Coast Community Legal Service; and Ben O'Rouke, Relationships Australia QLD.

Safeguard the future through community elder abuse education

SITTING in the room today at the Maroochydore RSL for today's Piano Forte session the large audience were treated to a valuable insight.

Lined up ready to support the discussion was an impressive group of professionals fully cognisant of the complexity of elder abuse issues.

Led by co-convenors, Julian Porter of Sunshine Coast Community Legal Service and Ben O'Rourke of Relationships Australia QLD, were representatives of the Public Trustee QLD, the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit, the financial services division of Centrelink and the Advanced Care Planning division of Queensland Health.

It is the first time this combination of experts has been at the table to together.

Ben said they will come together again at the next two free sessions to be held from 10am to 12pm at Caloundra RSL on August 16 and at the Nambour RSL on August 22.

The audience watched a video of the cautionary elder abuse tale, Piano Forte, before engaging in an open discussion on the issues identified within the video and other issues arising as a result of audience concerns.

Piano Forte presents an all too realistic look at the collision of family and generations, money and emotional stresses. Highlighted was the lack of understanding of the role and responsibilities of the person holding the Power of Attorney, the importance of having conversations around this document and around end of life choices, the consequences of making financial decisions and the impact on family and legal relationships.

With the panel drilling down into the detail of these issues, the audience were able to ask for clarification on several issues.

The direct and knowledgeable responses demonstrated the high level of support the panel members are willing to give to help older Australians exposed to all forms of elder abuse.

Bookings for the next two sessions can be made by email to maroochydoreadmin@raq.org.au or by phoning Relationships Australia QLD on 5479 6730.

To find out more about elder abuse support or to get assistance, you can phone EAPSS on 1300 063 232.


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