Wellbeing gathering for older people in Narrabri

Maria Berry, consumer representative and founder of Communities of Respect is the keynote speaker.

Maria Berry, consumer representative and founder of Communities of Respect is the keynote speaker.

A collaborative event focussing on the rights of older people in rural communities will be held in Narrabri at the end of this month.

The Wellbeing Gathering for Older People in Rural Communities event is being facilitated by Senior Rights Service, Older Women's Network and Older Persons Network Agency and supported by Narrabri Shire Council.

It's being held as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), which aims to raise awareness about the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

The Narrabri event will feature panel discussion which will focus on the rights of older people, financial and emotional vulnerabilities and their safety.

The panellists are experts in the advocacy field including Older Persons Advocacy Network CEO Craig Gear, Older Women's Network chair Beverly Baker, Advocacy Seniors Rights Service manager Pat Joyce, Seniors Rights Service solicitor Melissa Chaperlin, and guest speaker, Maria Berry, a consumer representative and education coordinator for Celebrate Ageing.

Organiser Maree Montgomery said the aim of the event is to provide an opportunity for all, especially our older members of the community to have a voice.

"We are raising awareness of elder abuse in communities, but also discussing older persons' rights, specifically in relation to the new Charter of Aged Care Rights effective July 1 and the provision of safety in rural and regional areas of Australia," she said.

It would be amazing to have many older voices from North West NSW join us and assist in driving the future of aged care."

The wellbeing gathering will be held from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday, June 29 at the Crossing Theatre in Tibbereena Street, Narrabri. Morning tea will be provided.

To register, go to www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wellbeing-gathering-for-older-people-in-rural-communities-tickets-61977684924 or call (02) 9519 8044. Transport can be provided.