NSW Legislative Council’s Inquiry into Elder Abuse has published it’s report – General Purpose Standing Committee No 2 Report No. 44

The General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 Report no. 44 titled ‘Elder abuse in NSW’. This report, available on their website, was tabled with the Clerk of the Legislative Council on 24 June 2016. The report and it’s 11 recommendations are now with the Government for consideration. Recommendation 9 is relating to Financial Abuse and raising awareness, through […]

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A sincere thanks to Asquith Probus

Professor Carmelle Peisah, on behalf of Capacity Australia, would like to sincerely thank the members of Asquith Probus for their commitment to and generous support of Capacity Australia’s efforts to combat elder abuse in Australia, as part of our initiatives for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June, 2016.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016. ‘Everyone has the Right to make their own Decisions and to be Safeguarded against Abuse’.

Today is World Elder abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), every year on the 15th of June the world joins in to voice it’s opposition to the abuse inflicted on the older people. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) Article 16, all persons with disabilities have the right to live […]

Professor Carmelle Peisah presented at the Financial Services Council Trustee Board Committee Elder Abuse Working Group

  Professor Carmelle Peisah, President of Capacity Australia and an expert on elderly financial abuse presented to the group. Key issues discussed were for Capacity Australia to get Financial Services Professionals on board with training and proactive action on this issue. Capacity Australia has also developed a range of workshops and tools to assist front […]

Capacity Australia Presented at Member’s Forum Ethnics Communities Council of NSW Inc.

Ms Sangita Bhatia, Researcher and Education Head for Elder and Financial Abuse for Capacity Australia, was invited to present at the Member’s Forum Ethnics Communities Council of NSW Inc. This was a very effective and highly successful talk, disseminating our message about minimizing risk of financial abuse amongst the elderly within the culturally diverse communities. […]

Capacity Australia Annual National Conference on Decision Making in Dementia

‘Everyone has the right to make their own Decisions’. Capacity Australia is delighted to invite delegates to register now.
Our Keynote speaker is Associate Professor Elsie Hui Chinese University on “End of Life Decisions in Dementia “


Capacity Australia’s submission to NSW Legislative Council  GENERAL PURPOSE STANDING COMMITTEE NO. 2 on Elder Abuse has been completed. For more details on the submission please click Submission for Inquiry into elder abuse in NSW Jan 2016 final (2)

New Research Report on Policies and Practices of Financial Institutions around Substitute Decision Making

THE NHMRC PARTNERSHIP CENTRE ON DEALING WITH COGNITIVE AND RELATED FUNCTIONAL DECLINE IN OLDER PEOPLE (CDPC) The NHMRC Partnership Centre on dealing with cognitive and related functional decline in older people, has recently published a report on the policies and practices of Financial Institutions around substitute Decision Making. Capacity Australia’s Researcher, Sangita Bhatia has been one […]

Elder Abuse in Culturally Diverse Settings

On the 26th May 2015, Gaye Carrick, Executive Officer, Capacity Australia, presented news of our banking tool at the Communities Council on Ethnic Issues (CCOEI) Forum, in Victoria, “A Matter of Trust:  Financial Guarantors, Family Loans and risks in a cultural setting – Indian Communities”. There were a range of presentations on a number of […]

National Supported Decision Making Conference – Programme at a Glance

10:00 am Registration 10:15 – 10:20 am Opening: Conjoint Prof Carmelle Peisah,  Old Age Psychiatrist, Conjoint Professor UNSW; President Capacity Australia; 10:20 – 11:00 am Keynote Address: Emeritus Professor Terry Carney AO, FAAL, The University of Sydney, NSW Australia, Visiting Research Professor, UTS, (Sydney), Past President (2005-2007) International Academy of Law and Mental Health TOPIC: […]

Perth Workshop – 8 June 2015

Assessing Capacity Workshop in association with the WA Health will be held on 8 June 2015 in Perth, WA   Topic covered include, but not limited to:- Introduction to capacity How to assess capacity, and the legal tests (Guardianship, Financial management, Informed consent, sexuality, end of life, Powers of Attorney, Wills) Report Writing and The Expert […]

Capacity Australia launches E-Learning Tool for Bank Staff

Capacity Australia has released for purchase an online E-Learning Tool for Bank Staff on Financial abuse and dementia, developed using a $50,000 grant from the UNSW Dementia Collaborative Research Centre.  The tool, developed in collaboration with Australian online adaptive learning company, Smart Sparrow, teaches bank staff to better understand dementia, financial capacity, supported decision-making, signs of […]

Practical Aspects of Capacity for Health Care Professionals – Western Australian State Seminar

This training is relevant for health care professionals who encounter capacity- related issues pertaining to treatment consent, end of life, sexuality, guardianship and financial decision making in their everyday clinical work. This includes general practitioners, psychologists, neurologists, social workers, geriatricians, psychiatrists, registered nurses, clinical nurse educators and clinical nurse consultants, occupational therapists, ACAT workers.