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ADA Australia Human Rights and Social Justice: Shifting Client Control conference

With the aged care, disability and guardianship sectors undergoing significant reform aimed at increasing client choice, this national conference was designed to challenge, inspire and motivate participants to consider their role in increasing human rights and social justice through the empowerment of a client cohort who have been historically disempowered.

The conference offered a world-class program of aged care, disability and guardianship leaders, bringing together CEO’s and senior managers, professionals, policy makers, advocates, academics and researchers working in the areas of aged care, disability and community law across Australia.

The two-day program held on the 23rd and 24th of March, included keynote speeches from prominent figures in the aged care, disability and law sectors, as well as plenary sessions, panel discussions, Q&A interviews and a networking function.

Over the duration of the event participants explored topics including dignity, risk, human rights, elder abuse and consumer rights in aged care.

High profile speakers included:

  • The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP. Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health
  • Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Rae Lamb, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner
  • Mary Burgess, Queensland Public Advocate

Richard Fidler also attended, discussing the story behind the stories of his radio show, Conversations with Richard Fidler.  Richard’s conversations “draw you deeper into the life story of someone you may, or may not, have heard about – someone who has seen and done amazing things.”

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