On 22 – 23 July the National Elder Abuse Conference 2019 issued a challenge to its 500 delegates: respect, promote and support the rights of older Australians to autonomy, independence and a life free from abuse and neglect.
The stories told by people who have experienced abuse were moving. The speakers were not afraid to rock the boat to create change. The message that older Australians must have the preeminent voice in the work to progress change on elder abuse came through loud and clear.
Thank you to all who participated and shared their time, ideas and energy. Delegates can expect to hear from organisers with resources compiling the conference discussions shortly.