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Age Discrimination

Young, old and everyone in between – Australians of all ages have the right to be treated fairly and to enjoy the same opportunities as others.

Meet the Commissioner

The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO

Dr Patterson began her role as the Age Discrimination Commissioner on 29th July, 2016. She has demonstrated a strong interest in issues affecting older people throughout her professional life.  Leaving school at 15 and then managing a small business, she returned to school and gained a BA (Hons) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Psychology and Dip Ed at Monash University. 

She taught allied health science students for 11 years.  She studied gerontology at two universities in the USA and used the knowledge gained during those visits to co-develop the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and to introduce gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses.

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Ageism as a factor of elder abuse (2022)

Queensland Law Society Keynote: Succession and Elder Law Conference Friday 11th November, 2022 Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane (Check against delivery) Introduction I would like to thank the Queensland Law Society for inviting me to open today’s Succession and Elder Law Conference...

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New campaign seeks to reduce abuse of older Australians

Encouraging perpetrators of elder abuse to understand the impact of their actions is the focus of a new awareness campaign from the Australian Human Rights Commission. Launched today to coincide with the 2022 International Day of Older Persons, the Elder Abuse: Shift Your Perspective campaign...

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Human Rights don't diminish with age (2022)

Council of the Ageing (COTA) - Northern Territory (NT) COTA NT Aged care forum: Once in a lifetime reform 2 August 2022 - Parliament House, Darwin 4 August 2022 - Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, Alice Springs Keynote address: Human Rights don't diminish with age Due to unforeseen circumstances...

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Elder abuse

Elder abuse can take various forms, including: financial, physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, or neglect. No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse.