'Young People in Residential Aged Care Services' Seminar


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‘Young People in Residential Aged Care Services’ Seminar

There are about 6000 people under the age of 65 years living in Residential Aged Care Services (RACS) across Australia. The cast majority have a moderate to severe level of disability from conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or intellectual impairment. They experience severe social isolation and, rarely engaged in recreational or social activities; they also do not receive the same clinical care as their able-bodied peers.

It is widely acknowledged that RACS are not designed nor equipped to take care of this group of highly vulnerable people and that there is an urgent need to develop alternative care models. Despite this, 2000 people under the age of 65 years continue to be admitted to RACS every year. This places Australia in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which states that all people with a disability should have “the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others…” 

The seminar explores why this situation continues, what initiatives are in place to change the status quo and what can be done to better enable young people in RACS to have a better quality of life.

Presented by Monash University, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Summer Foundation, this educational forum will be run by experienced leaders in the field of disability, aged care, law and policy.

This forum is designed for aged care workers, nurses, managers and, healthcare professionals who want to know more–about policy, practice and what the future may hold.

Date:  Friday 31st August 2018

Time: 9am – 4.30pm (registration from 8.30am)

Address:  TThe Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) lecture theatre,55 Commercial Road, The Alfred Melbourne Victoria

Flyer/Program: available here

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Contact Name Melissa Gillespie
Contact Email crepatientsafety@monash.edu
Contact Phone 99030891