National Elder Abuse Conference 2022

National Elder Abuse Conference 2022

National Elder Abuse Conference 2022

Elder Abuse Action Australia and COTA Tasmania are delighted to be co-hosting the 7th National Elder Abuse Conference (NEAC) in Hobart on 14 and 15 February 2022.

About the Conference

NEAC  is the only annual conference specifically addressing elder abuse in Australia. Walk the Talk: Stepping Up Together will build on the success of the past six conferences. Whether you come along as a presenter or part of the audience you’ll:

  • hear about programs such as those funded under the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians [Elder Abuse] 2019-2023;
  • examine the impact of COVID-19 on older people;
  • find out whether things have changed since the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety;
  • challenge your preconceptions by learning about the latest national and international elder abuse prevalence studies;
  • talk about how we can address ageism; and
  • consider the impact outlined in the Economic Cost of Elder Abuse report.

We expect many presentations at the conference will build on insights and lessons from the experiences of older people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two-day hybrid (online and face to face) conference will intersperse plenaries featuring eminent national and international experts with concurrent presentations by delegates. We value diversity and peer-to-peer learning. Social activities will be great opportunities for networking, while a post-conference workshop on 16 February will invite delegates to share and consolidate their responses to elder abuse, rights and ageism issues raised during the conference.

Our aim for NEAC 2022 is that you will leave re-energised to continue advocating for older Australians and driving long-term change.

We hope COVID-19 restrictions on travel will be minimal by February 2022 and urge you to make your submission in the expectation that you will deliver them in person.

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open on the conference website. The Program Committee is keen to get submissions from a highly diverse range of organisations and individuals, and in a variety of formats, from scholarly papers to practice reviews, arts based projects, videos and much more.  The deadline for abstracts is 7 May.

Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021

In the lead up to the conference, the NEAC Program Committee is organising online panels of national and international experts for the Walk the Talk Forum Series 2021. This series will look at some of the most pressing issues in the prevention of elder abuse and ageism, covering topics that will be developed further at the conference. The next forum is on 15 June 2021, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In the meantime, you can watch a recording of Forum 1, from 1 March this year, entitled “Unveiling Ageism, Elder Abuse and Rights in the Age of COVID-19.  Forum 1 featured:

  • The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Australian Age Discrimination Commissioner
  • Dr Kiran Rabheru, Chair of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People
  • Professor John Beard, who led the World Health Organization’s work on ageing from 2009 to 2019
  • Sarah Bolt, Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
  • Ian Yates AM, Chief Executive COTA Australia

You can also read about Forum 1 here.