Seniors Rights Service is hosting the symposium Women, Ageing & Disadvantage, facilitated by well-known journalist Ellen Fanning on Wednesday 28 November, 9:30 – 12:15 in Surry Hills Sydney.
Why are older women the fastest growing demographic of people experiencing homelessness? Why are over 70% of older people who report abuse women? What can be done to halt the rapidly increasing number of older women experiencing social disadvantage?
This symposium explores these issues and is a timely opportunity to discuss what solutions and responses would most bring positive change for older women. The two forums facilitated by respected journalist Ellen Fanning bring together a wide range of experts from the community, peak organisations as well as some key researchers on the subject.
What is happening? What are the issues?
- Dr Catherine Barrett, Founder and Director of the OPAL Institute, Coordinator of The Power Project
- Sarah Lambert, Director, Community Health & Regional Services, ACON
- Terrie Leoleos, Project Manager, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW
- Prof Deborah Loxton, CoDirector, Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, Deputy Director, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, The University of Newcastle
- Kimberley Olsen, Founder and CEO, Trans Employment Program Australia
- Barbara O’Neill, Aboriginal support worker, The Junction Neighbourhood Centre
- Lesley Robson, Housing specialist, Baptistcare
What policies and research do we need to change this dynamic?
- Jody Broun, Director of Red Cross NSW and former co-chairperson of the National Congress of Australia’s First People
- Prof Julie Byles, Director of Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, University of Newcastle
- Angela Budai, National Women’s Officer and National Industrial Officer, Finance Sector Union of Australia
- Sam Edmonds, Silver Rainbow, National Project Manager, National LGBTI Health Alliance
- Katherine McKernan, Executive Officer, Homelessness NSW
- Mary Patetsos, Director of Federation of Ethnic Community Council Australia, also Chairperson of the South Australian Housing Trust
- Susan Ryan AO, former Age Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
This event is being held at Auditorium, NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, Sydney.
Registration is $25, plus booking fee. Free for Seniors Card holders and Seniors Rights Service members.
The event will be webcast live on the day for those unable to attend in person, and is free to view.
For event inquiries contact Catalyst Events on 02 9419 4889 or visit https://seniorsrightsservice.org.au/women-ageing-and-disadvantage/
Seniors Rights Service is a leading community organisation that supports older people through free and confidential legal advice, aged-care advocacy and rights based education forums throughout NSW.
Find out more about the organisation on our website: https://seniorsrightsservice.org.au/ Or call 1800 424 079