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					                              2nd World Congress on Adult Guardianship
                              Guardianship and the United Nations Disabilities Convention:
                              Australian and International Perspectives
Graham McBride. “Untitled”.

                              Melbourne, Australia: 15-16 October 2012           Hosted by:
                              Hilton on the Park Hotel, Melbourne
                              (with optional workshops on 17 October)

                              PROGRAM & REGISTRATION
                              Early Bird Registration Closes: 30 June, 2012
                                                                                 In association with:

                              Congress website: http://agac2012.conorg.com.au
                              Secure online registration is available at:

                              Supported by:
         ringing together Australian and International experts in the ageing, disability                                                     Anita Smith (Convenor)
         and guardianship fields, this congress will consider the effect of the United                                                       Chair, Australian
                                                                                                                                             Guardianship and
Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on national and                                                                Administration Council;
                                                                                                                                             President, Guardianship
international guardianship laws and practices.                                                                                               and Administration
                                                                                                                                             Board, Tasmania
The congress will provide an opportunity to assess the impact of the Convention in
reforming Australian and International guardianship laws and practices six years after
                                                                                                                                             Congress Committee:
its adoption by the UN General Assembly and four years after ratification by Australia.
                                                                                                                                             John Chesterman
                                                                                                                                             Manager Policy and Education,
Your hosts will be the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council (AGAC),                                                            Office of Public Advocate, Victoria
whose members are the key state and territory guardianship authorities and institutions                                                      Anne Coghlan
(members include public advocates, public and adult guardians, public and state                                                              Deputy President, Victorian Civil and
                                                                                                                                             Administrative Tribunal
trustees, and boards and tribunals with guardianship jurisdictions). The congress has
                                                                                                                                             Tony Fitzgerald
been developed in association with the International Guardianship Network (IGN).                                                             Managing Director, State Trustees Ltd
                                                                                                                                             Colleen Pearce
We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in October.                                                                                    Public Advocate, Victoria

Keynote Speakers
Michael Kirby                                                Denzil Lush                                                    Bernadette McSherry
                        When he retired in February                                   Denzil Lush has been the Senior                                Bernadette McSherry is an
                        2009 as a Justice of the High                                 Judge of the Court of Protection,                              Australian Research Council
                        Court of Australia, Michael Kirby                             based in London, since 1 October                               Federation Fellow, a Professor of
                        was Australia’s longest serving                               2007, when the Mental Capacity                                 Law at Monash University and
                        judge. His service began in 1975                              Act 2005 came into force.                                      the Director of the Centre for the
                        and concluded with 13 years on                                He qualified as a solicitor in 1978                            Advancement of Law and Mental
                        Australia’s highest appellate and                             and worked in private practice for                             Health. She has honours degrees
                        constitutional court.                                         18 years before being appointed                                in Arts and Law and a Masters of
During the course of his judicial service, Michael Kirby     as a chairman of Social Security Appeals Tribunals in          Law from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from York
dealt on several occasions with issues concerning            1994 and Master of the former Court of Protection in           University, Canada and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology
guardianship and disability.                                 April 1996.                                                    from Monash University. She is a Fellow of the Australian
                                                                                                                            Academy of Social Sciences and of the Australian
For many years he has been involved in human rights          He has written several books - Elderly Clients: A
                                                                                                                            Academy of Law. Bernadette is a legal member of the
questions both in Australia and in the world. He served      Precedent Manual (1996; 3rd edition 2010), Cohabitation:
                                                                                                                            Mental Health Review Board of Victoria and has acted as
as President of the International Commission of Jurists      Law Practice and Precedents (1993; 4th edition 2009)
                                                                                                                            a consultant to government on criminal law, sentencing
(1995-8) and currently serves as a Commissioner of the       and Cretney & Lush on Lasting and Enduring Powers of
                                                                                                                            and mental health law issues. Currently, she is directing
UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law.                   Attorney (6th edition, 2009) - and has contributed chapters
                                                                                                                            a team of 18 researchers working on a 5 year Federation
In 2010, Michael Kirby was named laureate of the Gruber      to various medical and legal reference books.
                                                                                                                            Fellowship project entitled Rethinking Mental Health
Justice Prize, conferred in Washington DC.                   He is a judicial member of STEP (the Society of Trust          Laws examining legal frameworks for detention and
                                                             and Estate Practitioners) and a patron of Solicitors for       treatment across common law countries. She is also part
Oliver Lewis                                                 the Elderly.                                                   of an interdisciplinary research team analysing preventive
                                                                                                                            detention regimes in Australia, Scotland and the USA.
                        Oliver Lewis is Executive Director
                        of the Mental Disability Advocacy    Ron McCallum AO
                        Center, an international human                                Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum       Neil Rees
                        rights organisation based in                                  AO, University of Sydney, is                                  Emeritus Professor Neil Rees
                        Budapest, Hungary.                                            the Chair of the United Nations                               was chairperson of the Victorian
                        An LSE law graduate, he undertook                             Committee on the Rights of                                    Law Reform Commission (VLRC)
                        post-graduate studies in medical                              Persons with Disabilities. The                                from 2007 until 2012. During that
                        law and ethics before qualifying                              primary function of this Committee                            period the VLRC completed 8
as a barrister and working as a research assistant                                    is to monitor the implementation                              references including civil justice,
on mental health law reform at the UK’s Department                                    of     the     United      Nations                            the law of abortion, jury directions
of Health. As a non-practising barrister, Oliver is an       Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.                                 in criminal trials, child protection
associate member of the human rights barristers set          In 1993, Ron was the first totally blind person to be          proceedings, the registration of sex offenders, and adult
Doughty Street Chambers, London. He is recurrent Visiting    appointed to a full professorship at any Australian or         guardianship.
Professor in Law at the Central European University in       New Zealand university. From 2002 to 2007, he served
                                                             as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School, and            Neil is emeritus professor in the Faculty of Business
Budapest, and is a faculty member of the International                                                                      and Law at the University of Newcastle where he was
Diploma on Mental Health Law and Human Rights, run by        from 2001 to 2009 he was the inaugural President of the
                                                             Australian Labour Law Association. Ron’s academic field        professor of law from 1991 to 2007 and foundation dean
the Indian Law Society in Pune, India.                                                                                      of the Faculty of Law from 1991 to 1999.
                                                             of expertise is labour relations law, and he is a consultant
Oliver has published papers on the interface of human                                                                       He has been a member of many tribunals including the
                                                             to HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Ron is a Deputy-Chair of the
rights law, public policy and disability. He serves on the                                                                  Mental Health Review Board (Vic), the Mental Health
                                                             Board of Directors of Vision Australia which is Australia’s
editorial board of the European Yearbook on European                                                                        Review Tribunal (NSW) and the Administrative Decisions
                                                             largest blind welfare organisation. In January 2011, Prime
Disability Law.                                                                                                             Tribunal (NSW). He has been involved in the establishment
                                                             Minister Julia Gillard designated Ron as Senior Australian
                                                             of the Year 2011.                                              of a number of community legal centres and clinical legal
                                                                                                                            education programs.
                                                                                                                            Neil has published in the areas of criminal investigation,
                                                                                                                            legal practice, mental health law, tribunals, Indigenous
                                                                                                                            Australians and the law, and equal opportunity law.
Melbourne Australia
Regarded by many as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is the perfect setting for
our congress. A friendly, multicultural city located on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne
offers excellent shopping, world class cultural events, and spectacular food and wine from
over 3000 restaurants.
Along the riverside at Southgate, and in the lanes and streets of the city centre and inner-city
bohemian neighbourhoods like Carlton, Fitzroy, St Kilda and South Yarra, you’ll find endless
rows of cafes and boutiques.
Outside Melbourne, you’ll find a host of regional attractions, from the Fairy Penguins to the
spectacular Great Ocean Road.
For more information about Melbourne, check the following websites:
www.melbourne.citysearch.com.au     www.melbourne.vic.gov.au       www.visitvictoria.com.au

Yarra River, Melbourne

12 Apostles - Great Ocean Road                                   Fairy Penguins                                                           Government House

Congress Venue                                                                                 International Guardianship Network (IGN)
Hilton on the Park Hotel,                                                                      www.international-guardianship.com
192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne                                                          • IGN is a non-profit and non-government organisation.
Situated next to the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and directly opposite                           • The missions of IGN are to provide support, information
the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park,                                and networking opportunities for guardians worldwide
Hilton on the Park Hotel is just a ten minute walk from the city’s                               and to put the legal proceedings of the UN Convention
downtown shopping and commercial district.                                                       on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into practice.
                                                                                                 We initiate innovative projects and conferences. IGN is
                                                                                                 independent of political and religious ideologies.
Social Program
Congress Reception                                                                             Australian Guardianship and
His Excellency The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria,                        Administration Council (AGAC)
will host a reception for full, 2-day congress delegates from 6:00 -8:30pm                     www.agac.org.au
on Monday (15 October) at Government House.
                                                                                               • AGAC member organisations have a role in protecting
Please note that business attire is required.                                                    adults in Australia who have a disability that impairs
Please indicate when you register whether you would attend if issued an invitation to this       their capacity to make decisions.
reception. Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of paid full   • AGAC is comprised of:
registrations. Buses will depart from the Hilton at 5.30pm sharp.
                                                                                                   • Public Advocates
Farewell Drinks                                                                                    • Public and Adult Guardians
The congress will conclude with Farewell Drinks on Tuesday 16 October.                             • Boards and Tribunals and
This function is included in the full, 2-day congress registration fee.                            • Public and State Trustees
                                                                                                     or their equivalents throughout Australia.
Provisional Program
Monday, 15 October 2012
From 8:00am    Registration and arrival coffee                                       12:30pm - 1:30pm     Lunch
8:45am - 10:30am Opening Plenary Session                                             1:30pm - 3:00pm Plenary Session
8.45am    Welcome to Country                                                         1:30pm    Litigation and the right to legal capacity
9:00am    Response                                                                             Oliver Lewis
          Jochen Exler-Konig                                                         2:15pm    The Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Guardianship Report
9:15am    Congress Opening                                                                     Neil Rees
          The Hon. Robert Clark, Attorney-General & Minister for Finance, Victoria
                                                                                     3:00pm - 3:30pm      Afternoon tea
9:30am    Opening Address
          The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG                                              3:30pm - 5:00pm Parallel Sessions 2A-2E
10:30am - 11:00am Morning tea                                                        Parallel Session 2A: Guardianship Theory and Practice
                                                                                     3:30pm Seeking the essence of guardianship: Beyond the UNCRPD
11:00am - 12:30pm Parallel Sessions 1A-1E                                                      Barbara Carter
Parallel Session 1A: Guardianship in the World                                       3:50pm The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
11:00am Supported decision making in the Japanese Adult Guardianship Law                       Experiences from practice
          Makoto Arai                                                                          Sue Houghton
11:20am Adult guardianship law in China: Traditional values and modern               4:10pm Appointing substitute decision makers for young people
          developments                                                                         Malcolm Schyvens and Graeme Smith
          Rebecca Lee and Cora Chan                                                  4:30pm Is guardianship the solution for older people with a cognitive disability?
11:40am Guardianship Decision-Making in the Kimberley, Western Australia                       Michael Wells and Barbara Carter
          Laurie Lehmann-Bybyk and John Hodges                                       4:50pm Discussion
12:00pm The next steps towards the implementation of the new Korean                  Parallel Session 2B: Modern Challenges for Courts and Tribunals (Part 1)
          Adult Guardianship Act 2011 with the Article 3 Principles of UNCRPD        3:30pm ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ (or, ‘until our Guardian says we have separated’):
          taken into consideration                                                             Family law, property entitlements and incapacity
          Cheolung Je                                                                          Robyn Carroll and Debbie Taylor
12:20pm Discussion
                                                                                     3:50pm How interested do you have to be? – A brief case study on standing to
Parallel Session 1B: Capacity and the Disabilities Convention                                  bring an application to the tribunal
11:00am Capacity, consent and the CRPD: comparative perspectives                               Ron Joachim
          Annegret Kaempf                                                            4:10pm Cross-border jurisdiction solutions: The Hague Convention on the
11:20am Beware the new paternalisms – capacity as a means achieving the goals                  Protection of Adults
          of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities                         Sally Hurme
          Nick O’Neill and Carmelle Peisah                                           4:30pm Guardianship on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
11:40am ‘Informed consent’, ‘incapacity’ and the CRPD: human rights perspective                (APY Lands)
          on the right to consent to medical treatment                                         Jeremy Moore
          Penelope Weller                                                            4:50pm Discussion
12:00pm Curtailing autonomy in the name of incapacity: The variable treatment        Parallel Session 2C: Compulsory Orders
          of ‘capacity’ in Victorian substituted decision-making regimes
                                                                                     3:30pm Supervised Treatment Orders and consent When is consent valid? Why?
          Daniel Webb and Eleanore Fritze
                                                                                               Robyn Mills, Bryan Walkinshaw, Michele Lee
12:20pm Discussion
                                                                                     3:50pm An exploration of Therapeutic Jurisprudence – Across jurisdictional
Parallel Session 1C: Financial Independence and Protection from Abuse                          analysis What works, what doesn’t. Why?
11:00am Insurance and retirement income project for people with disabilities                   Sophie Delaney and Hamish McLachlan
          John Berrill                                                               4:10pm Guardianship and Islam
11:20am Enhancing accountability under enduring powers of attorney                             Rob Gordon and Denzil Lush
          Cheryl Tilse, Jill Wilson, Ben White, Lindy Willmott,                      4:30pm The indefinite detention of Aboriginal people with a cognitive impairment:
          Anne-Louise McCawley                                                                 The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign
11:40am Financial Independence Program                                                         Patrick McGee, Eileen Baldry, Ian McKinlay
          Tony Fitzgerald                                                            4:50pm Discussion
12:00pm What is financial management anyway?                                         Parallel Session 2D: Supported Decision Making (Part 1)
          Meredith Coote and Mark Rozanc
                                                                                     3:30pm Implementing a support model of legal capacity: Enabling conditions and
12:20pm Discussion                                                                             the continuum of support
Parallel Session 1D: Education and Community Engagement                                        Anna Arstein-Kerslake and Eilionóir Flynn
11:00am Community guardians: Building regional capacity in South Australia           3:50pm It is not about Protection - it’s about Rights
          Di Gursansky, Greg Box, Rex Jordan, Jeremy Moore, Michael Sachsse                    Dianne Chartres
11:20am Developing Supporting Self-advocacy Training – why and how                   4:10pm Supported decision-making: Listening to those rarely heard
          Christina Ryan, Karen Hedley                                                         Jo Watson, Rhonda Joseph, Michael Bink
11:40am Learning from teaching about guardianship, administration and                4:30pm Managing the tensions associated with supporting decision making after
          substituted decision making: Observations, challenges and reflections                severe acquired brain injury: Results from a pilot study
          Jen Cousins                                                                          Lucy Knox, Jacinta Douglas and Christine Bigby
12:00pm Access to information. Everyone’s human right                                4:50pm Discussion
          Cathy Basterfield                                                          Parallel Session 2E: Symposium
12:20pm Discussion                                                                   Fiduciary relationships: Does it all come down to best interests? (3 papers)
Parallel Session 1E: Symposium                                                       Peter Whitehead (Convenor)
Financial, residential, and health care decision-making: Recommendations from the    Sue Field, Malcolm Schyvens, Laura Watts and Peter Whitehead (Presenters)
Third United States National Guardianship Summit (Convenor: Kim Dayton)
•	 Making	financial	decisions	for	a	ward
   Mary Joy Quinn                                                                    6:00pm - 8:30pm              Congress Reception
•	 Making	residential	decisions	for	another	                                                                      Government House
   Sally Balch Hurme                                                                                              Buses depart the Hilton Hotel at 5.30pm SHARP.
•	 Making	health	care	decisions	for	another	                                                                      Business attire required.
   Kim Dayton
•	 Moving	individuals	to	the	center	of	guardianships		
   Frank Johns
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
8:30am    Arrival coffee                                                                 12:30pm - 1:30pm     Lunch
9:00am - 10:30am Plenary Session                                                         1:30pm - 3:00pm Parallel Sessions 4A-4E
9:00am    The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities                    Parallel Session 4A: Assessing Capacity
          Ron McCallum AO                                                                1:30pm Comparisons of guardianship laws and practice in Australia and Asia:
9:20am    Best interests decision-making                                                           A presentation of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)
          Denzil Lush                                                                              Capacity taskforce.
                                                                                                   Nahathai Wongpakaran, Joshua Tsoh, Tinakon Wongpakaran, Helen Chiu,
9:55am    Assessing capacity: Functional? Physical? Clinical? Contractual?                         Nick O’Neill and Carmelle Peisah
          Which is the term we need?
          Bernadette McSherry                                                            1:50pm Assessment of decision making ability in a hospital setting
                                                                                                   Tasha Kvelde
10:30am - 11:00am Morning tea                                                            2:10pm How well can George manage his money? Assessing financial abilities using
                                                                                                   the Financial Competence Assessment Inventory
11:00am - 12:30pm Parallel Sessions 3A-3E                                                          Mavis M Kershaw and Lynne S. Webber
Parallel Session 3A: Reform Ideas in Australia                                           2:30pm Principles and practice of assessing decision-making capacity
11:00am A new era for substitute decision making? The reform of Victoria’s                         Peteris Darzins
          mental health, powers of attorney and guardianship laws
                                                                                         2:50pm Discussion
          John Chesterman
11:20am Responding to community concerns about vulnerable adults                         Parallel Session 4B: Modern Challenges for Courts and Tribunals (Part 2)
          Denise Fallon                                                                  1:30pm Guardianship hearings in Australia - A fair and inclusive process?
11:40am Personhood in hospital: a study of decision making for older persons                       Jim Simpson
          whose capacity is in question                                                  1:50pm Incapacity – a barrier to access to justice?
          Sue Jarrad                                                                               Lauren Adamson
12:00pm Alcohol related brain injury: Improving life quality outcomes for older people   2:10pm Multitasking for Tribunals – integrating alternative dispute resolution into the
          living with behaviours of unmet need                                                     hearing process for guardianship and administration decision making
          Alice Rota-Bartelink                                                                     Pam Goodman, Ron Joachim & Julie Ford
12:20pm Discussion                                                                       2:30pm The role of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in dealing with
                                                                                                   personal and financial abuse of people with a disability
Parallel Session 3B: Professional Challenges                                                       Jim Allen, Barbara Bayne, Les Clarkson, Julia Casey
11:00am Representing clients with cognitive impairment: Keeping your professional
                                                                                         2:50pm Discussion
          foothold on the side of the glacier
          Karen Williams and Sue Field                                                   Parallel Session 4C: Workshop
11:20am Medical necessity v human rights: A false dichotomy?                                       Affirming LGBT identities through guardianship reform
          Dianne Pendergast and Clare Endicott                                                     Nancy J. Knauer and Kim Dayton
11:40am Decisions about death: What is the guardian’s mandate?
                                                                                         Parallel Session 4D: Supported Decision Making (Part 2)
          Meredith Blake
                                                                                         1:30pm Supported decision making: a philosophical ideal but will it ever become an
12:00pm Protecting vulnerable criminal injuries compensation applicants                            evidenced based practice?
          Robert Guthrie                                                                           Michelle Browning, Christine Bigby, Jacinta Douglas
12:20pm Discussion                                                                       1:50pm Moving towards a comprehensive regime of supported decision making
Parallel Session 3C: Advance Directives                                                            Piers Gooding
11:00am Conflicting perceptions of principals and doctors as to the role and use         2:10pm Supported decision making: Australian perspectives
          of advance directives                                                                    John Brayley
          Ben White, Lindy Willmott, Cheryl Tilse, Jill Wilson, Anne-Louise McCawley     2:30pm Consideration of role of civil guardian in Japan~
11:20am Lessons learnt in the introduction of enduring powers of guardianship and                  Mamoru Kanai
          advance health directives in WA                                                2:50pm Discussion
          Pauline Bagdonavicius
                                                                                         Parallel Session 4E: Symposium
11:40am A comparison of Advance Medical Directives in the 50 states within the
          United States highlighting the need for uniformity                             Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity:
          Diana Anderson                                                                 Law, medicine, ethics and practice (Convenor: Ben White)
                                                                                         •	 Doctors’	knowledge	of	the	law
12:00pm An analysis of enduring guardianship instruments in Tasmania, Australia             Ben White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker and Gail Williams
          Michael Ashby, Robert Thornton, Robyn Thomas
                                                                                         •	 Doctors’	compliance	with	the	law
12:20pm Discussion                                                                          Lindy Willmott, Ben White, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker and Gail Williams
Parallel Session 3D: Families and Carers                                                 •	 Ethical	implications	of	medical	practitioners	not	knowing	the	law	
11:00am Representation by carers and safeguarding the interests of the adult                Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker, Ben White, Lindy Willmott and Gail Williams
          Kees Blankman                                                                  •	 Enhancing	medical	education	
11:20am Planning for the future: How will aging carers meet the needs of their              Malcolm Parker, Colleen Cartwright, Ben White and Lindy Willmott and Gail Williams
          loved ones with disabilities
          Yolande Erickson and Janet Morris                                              3:00pm - 3:30pm      Afternoon tea
11:40am Supported decision-making, nominated person schemes and proxy
          directives: What legislative role for carers, family members and friends?      3:30pm - 5:00pm Closing Plenary Session
          Sarah McHutchison                                                              3:30pm    Panel. Autonomy versus Protection: The Guardianship Dilemma
12:00pm The perspective of carers                                                                  Moderator: Paul Barclay, ABC Radio National
          Penny Paul                                                                               Panel: Oliver Lewis, Denzil Lush, Colleen Pearce, Neil Rees, Anita Smith
12:20pm Discussion                                                                       4:45pm    Closing Comments
                                                                                                   Anita Smith
Parallel Session 3E: Symposium
11:00am Practical and legal responses to protecting elders’ assets
          Peteris Darzins (Convenor)
          Anthony Fitzgerald, Jo Wainer, Georgia Lowndes (Presenters)                      5:00pm Farewell Drinks
12:00pm Incapacity and financial (elder) abuse – prevention and prosecution an
          inter jurisdictional discussion
          Mark Crofton
12:15pm Discussion
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Optional Workshops
Please note: Fees for optional workshops are not included in the congress fee; please see the
General Information section for workshop charges.

9:00am - 12:30pm Optional Workshop 1
How to assess decision-making capacity - interactive workshop
Peteris Darzins (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Eastern Health Clinical School,
Monash University; Eastern Health)
This interactive workshop will provide participants with a practical working knowledge of the concept and
definition of capacity. The Six-step Capacity Assessment Process will be described. Participants will take part as
observers in a prepared role play. Dr Darzins will dissect the role play to illustrate the dynamics of the capacity
assessment process. Then participants will collaboratively develop another “case” for exploration through a role
play. Volunteers will play out this “case” which will be adjusted during the role play process to make it easier if
it is too hard or more complex if it is too simple. Common successful approaches will be demonstrated as will be
various pitfalls.

9:00am - 12:30pm Optional Workshop 2
Guardianship decision making through the lens of end of life dilemmas
Julian Gardner (Gardner Consulting)
This workshop will use the particular issues that arise when making decisions that regard the end of life to
examine elements of principle and practice for guardianship decision making generally.
A case study will be used to illustrate the special tensions in end of life situations and to debate some moral
and ethical tensions that can arise.
Using an active process of deductive learning it will include working in groups to examine dilemmas and
enable participants to draw on their own experiences.

1:30pm - 5:00pm Optional Workshop 3
Keeping elders’ assets safe - challenges and solutions
Cheryl Tilse 1, Jill Wilson 1, Anthony Fitzgerald 2, Peteris Darzins 3, Jo Wainer 3,
Georgia Lowndes 4, Christopher King 3
  School of Social Work & Human Services, The University of Queensland                                                 DISCLAIMER:
  State Trustees, Victoria                                                                                             At the time of printing, all information contained
  Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University                  in this brochure is correct; however, the organising
  School of Psychology & Psychiatry, Monash University                                                                 committee, its sponsors and its agents cannot
The taking of money from older people by those whom they are entitled to trust requires policy and practical           be held responsible for any changes to the final
responses by professionals. This apparently universal practice has attracted a variety of policy and legal responses   structure or content of the programs, or any other
throughout the world, driven in part by the increasing expectation by those governments with aged pensions             general or specific information published in this
that older people pay their own way. To do this older people need the use of their assets. When family, carers         brochure. In the event of industrial disruption or
or friends take these assets for their own use, the older persons can be thrust into dependency and poverty, unable    other unforeseen circumstances that disrupt the
to purchase the support they need to lead a decent life. This interactive workshop brings together practitioners       running of the congress, the organising committee,
and researchers to share understanding of the extent, types and responses to the mismanagement of the funds            its sponsors and its agents accept no responsibility.
of older people, and to examine some ways to help older people keep their assets safe.

1:30pm - 5:00pm Optional Workshop 4
Frameworks for the future of supported and substituted decision-making
Bernadette McSherry (Facilitator)
Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, advocates have called for
the abolition of substitute decision-making. From the perspective of guardianship practitioners, such calls cause
enormous concern for the future wellbeing of their clients who may be incapable of participating in a supported
decision making framework either because of the nature of their disability or because of societal factors such as
a history of abuse, serious conflict amongst their significant others or the complexity of decisions to be made.
This workshop, facilitated by Professor Bernadette McSherry of Monash University, will bring together national
and international writers and advocates to address some of the questions about the adoption of a supported
decision making (SDM) framework and whether, in some circumstances, substitute decision making can be
consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This interactive session, with local and international experts, will examine the ethical and legal practicalities
of supported decision making and the future of substitute decision making.
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The Congress Committee has applied for a National Disability                  •	One-Day	Registration	includes	the	congress	bag	and	book	of	abstracts,	and	catering	on	
Conference Initiative Grant to:                                                 the chosen day .
•	 assist	people	with	disability	(including	a	family	member	or	carer(s)	      •	Split	Registrations	will	be	allowed	but	there	will	be	one	congress	bag	and	book	of	abstracts		
   to support them) with costs of attending the congress, for example,          per registration; the Registration should be in the name of the first person who will attend
   congress fees, accommodation, travel; and / or                               and the book of abstracts and name tag must then be left at the registration desk for
•	 facilitate	access	to	the	congress	for	people	with	disability	(including	     collection by the next person who attends.
   a family member or carer(s) to support them), for example, funding
   Auslan interpreters, live captioning services, hearing loops or            •	To	obtain	the	discounted	rates,	payment	must	be	received	by	the	dates	shown	above.
   note-takers for people who are deaf or hearing impaired.
                                                                              Optional Post-Congress Workshop Fees (including GST)
The outcome of the application is not yet known. Please email us
(info@conorg.com.au) if such support would assist you to attend the                                                1 Workshop                         2 Workshops
congress; we will then notify you if funding is available and forward
information to you on the application process.                                                          Payment     Payment     Payment    Payment      Payment     Payment
                                                                                                        received    received    received   received     received    received
                                                                                                           by        1 July -     after       by         1 July -     after
                                                                                                        30 June      8 Sept      8 Sept    30 June       8 Sept      8 Sept
                                                                               Congress delegates          $95        $95         $95        $160        $160        $160
                                                                               Non-delegates              $160        $175       $190        $225        $240        $255

                                                                              Workshop fees include morning or afternoon teas; lunch is NOT included.
                                                                              Please note that the optional workshops will only proceed if minimum numbers are reached,
                                                                              and have limited numbers; places will be allocated in order of receipt of paid booking.
Accommodation                                                                                               Visas
Accommodation at special congress rates has been reserved as follows:                                       International visitors to Australia require a Visa or an
                                                                                                            Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). It is your responsibility to
The Hilton on the Park Hotel. (5 stars).                                                                    ensure documentation is correct and complete before you
192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.                                                                      commence your journey. Information on obtaining visas or
http://www.hiltonmelbourne.com.au/hilton-on-the-park-melbourne.html                                         ETA’s can be found at: www.immi.gov.au
     Hotel Room – Rates for those staying one or two nights
     •	Single,	double	or	twin	room,	room	only .................................. $245 per night             Cancellations
     •	Single,	double	or	twin	room,	with	one	full	buffet	breakfast ... $270 per night                       Cancellations must be advised in writing by 8 September
     •	Double	or	twin	room,	with	two	full	buffet	breakfasts	............ $295 per night                     2012; there is a $125 cancellation fee per registration.
                                                                                                            After that date, refunds will only be issued in exceptional
     Hotel Room – “Stay Minimum 3 nights, Get 30% Off Special Offer”
                                                                                                            circumstances, but substitute delegates will be accepted.
     * IMPORTANT, please read the rules and restrictions below
     •	Single,	double	or	twin	room,	room	only	 ................................. $169 per night             Please note that cancellation may result in loss of hotel
     •	Single,	double	or	twin	room,	with	one	full	buffet	breakfast ... $194 per night                       payments.
     •	Double	or	twin	room,	with	two	full	buffet	breakfasts	............ $219 per night
*Hilton Room - “Stay Minimum 3 Nights, Get 30% Off Special Offer” Rules and Restrictions                    Delegates are encouraged to take out personal travel
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel for any reason, attempt to modify this reservation, or do not arrive     and medical insurance which includes loss or damage
on your specified check-in date, your payment is non-refundable.                                            of personal possessions and loss of accommodation
At check in, the front desk will verify your check-out date. Rates quoted are based on check-in date and    payments and registration fees through cancellation.
length of stay. Should you choose to depart early, price is subject to change.
Hilton reserves the right to cancel or modify reservations where it appears that a customer has
engaged in fraudulent or inappropriate activity or under other circumstances where it appears that the
reservations contain or resulted from a mistake or error.
Modification of Reservation: Price quoted applies to exact date(s)/nights/stay booked. Modifications             More Information
to your reservation (including but not limited to name changes, date changes, etc.) are not permitted.
                                                                                                                 For further details regarding the
Early departure/cancellation: If you depart early or you cancel or fail to honour this reservation for           congress, please contact:
any reason, you will not receive any credit or refund.
                                                                                                                 The Conference Organiser Pty Ltd
The Mantra on Jolimont. (4 stars).                                                                               146 Leicester Street
133 Jolimont Road, East Melbourne. (5 -10 minute walk to the Hilton).                                            Carlton, Victoria 3053,
http://www.mantra.com.au/victoria/melbourne-and-surrounds/east-melbourne/accommodation/                          AUSTRALIA
                                                                                                                 Email: info@conorg.com.au
     Studio Room
     •	Single,	double	or	twin	room,	room	only	 ................................. $158 per night                  Phone: Australia: (03) 9349 2220
     •	Single,	double	or	twin	room,	with	one	full	breakfast	............. $183 per night
     •	Double	or	twin	room,	with	two	full	breakfasts	 ...................... $208 per night                      International: +613 9349 2220

To obtain these rates, all accommodation must be booked through The Conference Organiser and will be
allocated on a strict priority of receipt basis.
Please book early as we have blocked a limited number of rooms and competing events in                           If you need extra copies of this
Melbourne at the time of the congress will restrict accommodation options. We will release                       brochure or a hard copy registration
our accommodation block 30 days before the congress; after this time we will attempt to secure
                                                                                                                 form, you can download it from
accommodation on an individual basis.
                                                                                                                 the congress website:
It is necessary to pay for all accommodation charges to obtain these rates.
Please Note: Special congress accommodation rates have been negotiated for the congress prior to
the printing of the Registration Brochure. The congress organisers accept no responsibility if the hotels
offer “special rates” or “standby rates” at their discretion.

Getting to The Hilton from Tullamarine Airport
By taxi: approximately $65
SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to Southern Cross Station (Spencer St) in the
city centre. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day.
Adult tickets: $17 one way / $28 return (adult).
For more information, and to make a booking, go to: www.skybus.com.au.

Public transport / Parking
Hilton on the Park is situated directly opposite Jolimont Railway Station (Epping Line) or can be easily
reached from the city centre by tram number 48 via Collins Street or 75 via Flinders Street, stopping
outside the hotel on Wellington Parade.
For those who cannot avoid bringing a car, the hotel has a car park on-site. Subject to availability of
spaces, discounted rates are available for overnight guests at $27 per car or congress day delegates
at $22 per car. Limited valet parking is available at $45 per car and can be arranged through concierge
and is subject to availability.
Taxis are readily available and the city is a leisurely 10-minute walk through the Fitzroy Gardens.

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