Proctor : June 2019
27 PROCTOR | June 2019 The work of QLS Elder Law Committee The QLS Elder Law Committee continues to be involved in a range of initiatives and consultations affecting older people, including advanced care planning discussions and supported elder mediation programs. Most recently, QLS was pleased to see a number of significant changes brought about by the Guardianship Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019. The committee also contributed to the submission to the Queensland Government inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. As highlighted in the May edition of Proctor, QLS called on the federal political parties to implement the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report, ‘Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response’, and other important recommendations from the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report. The QLS Call to Parties Statement urged the parties to recognise and act on the extensive evidence and research which indicate the need to take immediate action on elder abuse. QLS is aware of the significant cost of legal assistance and the need for pro bono lawyers and community legal services to be equipped to handle cases of elder abuse, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas. The QLS Call to Parties Statement called for additional funding for legal services for people suffering elder abuse and for increased funding to services such as the Office of the Public Guardian and the Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. QLS will continue its work to reduce elder abuse in Queensland by raising awareness and advocating for support services and protection for older Australians. Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 by the Governor-General. The commission is required to investigate the quality of aged care services provided to Australians and the extent to which those services meet the needs of the people accessing them, the extent of substandard care being provided, including mistreatment and all forms of abuse, the causes of any systemic failures, and any actions that should be taken in response. The commission will also consider the best way to deliver aged care services, and the future challenges and opportunities for delivering accessible, affordable and high- quality aged care services in Australia. The QLS Elder Law Committee is compiling its contribution to the QLS submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in conjunction with the QLS Health and Disability Law Committee and QLS Succession Law Committee. The QLS Elder Law Committee welcomes any feedback from the membership on policy reform relating to elder law issues − email firstname.lastname@example.org. QLS submissions on these and related issues are available at qls.com.au/submissions. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Breakfast Strengthening your understanding of elder abuse will help you to assist your older or vulnerable clients in maintaining their rights and freedom. This month’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Breakfast on 14 June will shine a spotlight on essential issues and the role of practitioners. Hear from an esteemed panel of experts comprising Christine Smyth, Justice Martin Daubney AM, Brian Herd and Kirsty Mackie. Visit qls.com.au/events to view the program and register. Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety: agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au. Queensland Government Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying: parliament.qld.gov.au/ work-of-committees/committees/ HCDSDFVPC/inquiries/current- inquiries/AgedCareEOLPC. Elder Abuse Prevention Unit: eapu.com.au. Useful links: A LIFE-CHANGING MEMBERSHIP MAKE OUR WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES PART OF YOUR LIFESTYLE. Enjoy access to two championship golf courses plus membership to The Country Club with a state-of-the-art gymnasium. Visit www.sanctuarycovegolf.com.au to find the package that best suits you. The Parkway, Sanctuary Cove, QLD Conditions apply. Membership is subject to applicant’s approval. A limited number of memberships are available. ELDER ABUSE FIXED FEE CALL OR EMAIL US TODAY! 1300 226 657 email@example.com REMOTE TRUST & OFFICE ACCOUNT BOOKKEEPING www.booksonsite.com.au • Payroll • Supplier payments • Disbursements • Debtor management • Trust Reconciliation and compliance • BAS Lodgement LEAP or Actionstep integration with Xero or MYOB FIXED FEE CALL OR EMAIL US TODAY! 1300 226 657 firstname.lastname@example.org REMOTE TRUST & OFFICE ACCOUNT BOOKKEEPING www.booksonsite.com.au • Payroll • Supplier payments • Disbursements • Debtor management • Trust Reconciliation and compliance • BAS Lodgement LEAP or Actionstep integration with Xero or MYOB Pip Harvey Ross is a QLS legal policy clerk.