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Keynote Speaker Announcement!

We are delighted to announce our distinguished keynote speaker - the one and only Jane Caro AM!

Jane is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, feminist and public education activist. With an illustrious career spanning advertising, academia and the literary world, she brings a wealth of rich experiences to our event.

With 13 published books under her belt, Jane continues to contribute valuable insights through her columns for Nine Media, The Big Smoke and articles for The Saturday Paper and The Guardian. You might also catch her on Nine’s Today and Today Extra and ABC’s The Drum.

Beyond her literary pursuits, Jane enthusiastically takes on diverse projects, including writer’s festivals, speaking engagements and developing a TV series. Her versatility and dedication make her the perfect keynote speaker for our conference.

Get ready for an enlightening session as Jane Caro joins us to shed light on the crucial issue of addressing and preventing the abuse of older people!

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A rally cry for equity and equality

The conference will herald a growing ambition to embed issues surrounding the abuse and neglect of older people into the conscience of the nation. It will be designed to amplify the restlessness of a movement that expects lawmakers and the wider community to intensify efforts to end the scourge of abuse.

See me, hear me, back me

The conference will provide a platform to better support older people by listening to their stories, advocating for their human rights and capitalising on the collective energy of attendees. We will hear from voices that reflect the true diversity of our nation.

Crucially, it will be a reminder that we cannot go quietly about the quest for real and lasting change, nor should we cease to imagine an Australia that repudiates ageism and upholds the principles of equality and fairness.

Conference Host

Elder Abuse Action Australia
Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) is a specialist organisation acting to eliminate elder abuse. Our work positively impacts the lives of older Australians, their families, communities and broader society.
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Conference Co-Host

Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) has been supporting older people in South Australia to uphold their aged care and human rights since 1990.
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Ambassador's Welcome

The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO

“I’m delighted to be the Ambassador for the Australian Elder Abuse Conference from 22-24 July 2024 in Adelaide.

The theme for the conference is Turn up the Volume! This is a rallying cry for all of us to raise our voices to create positive change and develop solutions to the challenges facing many older Australians.

This conference represents a crucial platform and reminds us that the quest for real and lasting change cannot be pursued quietly.

We must maintain an unwavering commitment to imagining and working towards an Australia that firmly rejects ageism and upholds the core principles of equality and fairness.

I invite you to join us in this effort by attending the conference, either in person or online, and be an active participant in building a more just, safer, and equitable Australia.”

The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO - Australian Elder Abuse Conference Ambassador