27 Sep 2018

Geoff Rowe


Australia’s current response to elder abuse is often described as being where domestic violence was 20 years ago. There is very little understanding of how best to respond to and prevent elder abuse in Australia. 

Geoff Rowe, Ferny Hills local and CEO of Aged & Disability Advocacy Australia, will investigate the world’s best practice aged care systems. His analysis will be timely given the recently announced Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

Geoff is one of 112 people who have been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, a program that enables curious Australians to gather innovative ideas overseas, and bring them back to Australia.

As a Churchill Fellow, Geoff will travel to the UK, Canada, USA and New Zealand to investigate practical strategies for reducing elder abuse in both aged care and community settings.

For Geoff, the Fellowship will focus on best practice responses for human services, particularly those in not for profit services.

“In Australia, this particular issue is only now coming to light and elder abuse is something that is everybody’s business. This Fellowship offers the opportunity to learn from what is happening in other parts of the world, particularly from leaders in the field,” Geoff said. 

“I will explore the best ways of responding to and preventing elder abusein both aged care and community settings.There is a real need to focus on the particular needs of Indigenous communities, and understanding how best to work in rural and remote communities where access to services and support is disparate.

“I’m excited to be a 2018 Fellow, and see this as an opportunity to leap forward Australia’s thinking in terms of responses to elder abuse.”

Adam Davey, CEO of the Trust, said that thanks to the Fellowship, curious and passionate Australians like Geoff will be able to learn from international peers and deliver great benefits to Australia.

“It is wonderful to know that Churchill Fellows like Geoff are expanding their knowledge, going abroad to gather important information from their international peers and some outstanding thought leaders,” Mr Davey said. 

“The Churchill Fellowship recognises new ideas. It is a celebration of expertise, innovation, expanding knowledge and creating new and better ways of addressing issues that matter in Australia right now.”

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