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Conference 7 October 2015

The Older Person Today: giving and receiving care

Most Australians recognise that ageism and age discrimination are pervasive realities within Australian society. Sadly, ageist stereotypes can adversely affect our perceptions of older persons. This conference seeks to recognise, challenge and move to overcome the influence of ageism in our perceptions of older Australians, and in the delivery of care in community services, residential aged care and acute hospitals. It includes a display and presentation on assistive technologies which support safe independent living. It also highlights the importance of pastoral and spiritual care in the care of older persons. The conference will conclude with a lively hypothetical in which an expert panel will assist an older couple to navigate the maze of services for older Australians.

Conference Report 

Natasha Marsh, journalist from the Archdiocese of Melbourne, reported on the conference: 

Conference Presentations

Rev Kevin McGovern
Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics

Older Person Giving Care
Judy Gregurke
National Manager Aged Care Reform, COTA Australia 
Director of Aged Care Reform Secretariat, NACA

Ethics in Aged Care - Two Areas for Consideration
Raise the Bar (video clip) 
Maria Egan
Director of Catholic Identity and Mission
Villa Maria Catholic Homes

Process for Conversation, Learning and Sharing
Lisa McDonald
Director of Mission
St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne 

Model of Community Care
Cheryl De Zilwa
Chief Executive Officer
Calvary Community Care

Pastoral and Spiritual Care including Care of the Carers
David Petty
Executive Officer
Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People (PASCOP)

Conference Program

Rev Kevin McGovern greeting Hon Rob Knowles AO

Anne Spence, Centre's Chairperson - Welcome and Opening of the Conference 

Hon Rob Knowles AO - Keynote Address

Judy Gregurke - The Older Person Giving Care 

Calvary Community Care - Display of products and telecare solutions to support safe independent living

Kylie Hardy, Rev Kevin McGovern and Cheryl De Zilwa (left to right)

Maria Egan - Ethical Issues in Residential Aged Care 

Participants - Learning and sharing discussion

Lisa McDonald - Facilitating Process for Conversation, Learning and Sharing 

Dr Karen Hitchcock - Ethical Issues in Hospital Care

David Petty - Pastoral and Spiritual Care 

Panel Discussion - Hypothetical to explore responses as an elderly couple experience various changes