Elder mediators can assist older people, their families and significant others with difficult conversations, to make plans and to reach outcomes to disagreements – outcomes that work for the older persons, respect their rights and enhance their safety.
EMAN aims to be the network of choice for matters relating to Elder Mediation in the Australasian region. This website aims to:
The objective of this program is to explore, discuss and address the multiple challenges faced in the provision of emergency care for older persons; not limited to the ED setting but across the care continuum. More information regarding this event can be found at:
Rae Kaspiew, Rachel Carson and Helen Rhoades, Research Report No. 35 — February 2016. https://aifs.gov.au/publications/elder-abuse This Report is now published on the Australian Institute of Family Studies website and provides an overview of elder abuse in Australia – including its characteristics, context, and prevention.
The new Elder Relationship Service is run by Relationships Australia and supported by federal government funding and aims to help support families deal with the complex issues of ageing. The service will run as a pilot for 12 months in Canberra ACT, Wagga Wagga NSW, Kew VIC, Adelaide SA, Launceston TAS and Moreton Bay QLD. Relationships Australia national executive officer, Alison Brook, said the service would help families have difficult conversations and resolve differences in ways that improve relationships. “It’s a common story as we age that family conflict emerges around significant health issues, where older parents will live or how estates will be divided,” Brook said: “We also want to support families to plan for future medical, health, financial or living arrangements and make decisions that protect the interests, rights and safety of all family members”. ”People can attend the new service on their own, with their partner or extended family. The Elder Relationship Service will be staffed by trained counsellors and mediators with specific skills in elder services. To find out more about the Elder Relationship Service, call 1300 364 277.
The South Australian Office for the Ageing (OFTA) has developed a public awareness campaign on safeguarding the rights of older South Australians and elder abuse. The campaign aims to safeguard older people against elder abuse and to help the South Australian community to recognise the signs and to take action if they suspect abuse is occurring.
Website address: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/stopelderabuse
Family Mediation and Counselling Victoria and Benetas have launched a Seniors Mediation Program. Seniors Mediation is a unique type of mediation for elderly people and their families that uses a non-adversarial approach to resolving conflict or making important decisions. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors Victoria (page 3) has provided good coverage of research into elder mediation as a potential strategy to protect older people from financial abuse by their adult children – http://www.thesenior.com.au/News/Digital-Paper/Victoria
Here is a link to the Older People Clinical Network webpage where you will find the draft SA Health Services Plan for People with Dementia (and Delirium). The Older People Clinical Network welcomes any comments your may have on the plan.