Change Makers: The Human Rights of Older Persons in Aged Care

06/8/2021 05:00 pm 06/8/2021 06:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Change Makers: The Human Rights of Older Persons in Aged Care

To watch this past event, click play on the video below:

The recent report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has revealed an aged care sector in crisis. This has severely impacted the fundamental human rights of older persons, as protected under international law.

This Changemakers event will see Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Director, Professor the Honourable Kevin H Bell AM QC moderate a discussion featuring some of the world's leading experts on the human rights of older persons and Australia's aged care system. The panel will consider both international and Australian perspectives on the rights of older persons in aged care.


Moderator: Professor the Hon Kevin H Bell, Speakers: Claudia Mahler, Jane Buchanan and Joseph E Ibrahim

Chair and Moderator

Professor the Hon. Kevin H Bell AM QC,
Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Law

Professor the Hon Kevin H Bell AM QC is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He was a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria for fifteen years and wrote a number of leading judgments under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, including Kracke, Patrick’s Case and PBU and NJE.

He was president of the Forensic Leave Panel and president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Before becoming a judge, Professor Bell was for twenty years a barrister and Queen's Counsel with a national practise in human rights and administrative, native title and constitutional law. He has a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and in 2017 was awarded the honour of Member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the law and to the judiciary, to native title and human rights, and the community’.

Speakers

Claudia MahlerUnited Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Older Persons

Dr. Claudia Mahler (Austria) has been appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council as Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons in May 2020. She has been a senior researcher in the field of economic, social and cultural rights at the German Institute for Human Rights since 2010. She is also a visiting professor at the Alice Salomon Hochschule. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Mahler conducted research at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Potsdam with the main focus on human rights education, minority rights and the law of asylum. In 2000, she was appointed as Vice President of the Human Rights Commission for Tyrol and Vorarlberg. She has also worked as a lecturer in the field of human rights law and as a consultant to OHCHR in Geneva.

Jane BuchananDeputy Director of the Disability Rights Division, Human Rights Watch - @JaneMBuchanan

Jane Buchanan is the deputy director for disability rights at Human Rights Watch and oversees the organization’s research on the rights of older people. She oversees an international team of researchers who conduct human rights investigations and advocacy to advance human rights around the world. Previously, Jane led numerous projects on human rights issues in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, spearheading Human Rights Watch’s work on mega sporting events and child labor in tobacco farming. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Ottawa Citizen, and other publications. She holds degrees in international affairs, economics, and Russian.

Professor Joseph E IbrahimHead of Health Law and Ageing Research, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University - @ProfJoeonline

Joseph is a practising senior specialist in geriatric medicine with over 30-years of clinical experience in the health and well-being of older people. He has research interests in medico-legal death investigation, elder abuse and "dignity of risk", as well as quality of clinical care, performance measurement and patient safety. He established the Health Services Research Unit at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine after completing the Doctorate of Philosophy investigating the relationship between quality of care and performance indicators.


Change Makers Series

Introducing Change Makers, a thought leadership series which brings together the best academic, judicial and industry minds to solve some of the biggest problems facing our society.

At Monash Law we produce influential research which seeks to engage with our local and global communities, and impact positively on people’s lives.

Change Makers is more than just another series of speeches. Change Makers aims to be the catalyst for creating real change by providing follow-up opportunities for action and collaboration.

Event Details

Date:
8 June 2021 at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom (recorded)

Description

To watch this past event, click play on the video below:

The recent report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has revealed an aged care sector in crisis. This has severely impacted the fundamental human rights of older persons, as protected under international law.

This Changemakers event will see Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Director, Professor the Honourable Kevin H Bell AM QC moderate a discussion featuring some of the world's leading experts on the human rights of older persons and Australia's aged care system. The panel will consider both international and Australian perspectives on the rights of older persons in aged care.


Moderator: Professor the Hon Kevin H Bell, Speakers: Claudia Mahler, Jane Buchanan and Joseph E Ibrahim

Chair and Moderator

Professor the Hon. Kevin H Bell AM QC,
Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Law

Professor the Hon Kevin H Bell AM QC is the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He was a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria for fifteen years and wrote a number of leading judgments under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights, including Kracke, Patrick’s Case and PBU and NJE.

He was president of the Forensic Leave Panel and president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Before becoming a judge, Professor Bell was for twenty years a barrister and Queen's Counsel with a national practise in human rights and administrative, native title and constitutional law. He has a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and in 2017 was awarded the honour of Member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the law and to the judiciary, to native title and human rights, and the community’.

Speakers

Claudia MahlerUnited Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Older Persons

Dr. Claudia Mahler (Austria) has been appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council as Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons in May 2020. She has been a senior researcher in the field of economic, social and cultural rights at the German Institute for Human Rights since 2010. She is also a visiting professor at the Alice Salomon Hochschule. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Mahler conducted research at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Potsdam with the main focus on human rights education, minority rights and the law of asylum. In 2000, she was appointed as Vice President of the Human Rights Commission for Tyrol and Vorarlberg. She has also worked as a lecturer in the field of human rights law and as a consultant to OHCHR in Geneva.

Jane BuchananDeputy Director of the Disability Rights Division, Human Rights Watch - @JaneMBuchanan

Jane Buchanan is the deputy director for disability rights at Human Rights Watch and oversees the organization’s research on the rights of older people. She oversees an international team of researchers who conduct human rights investigations and advocacy to advance human rights around the world. Previously, Jane led numerous projects on human rights issues in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, spearheading Human Rights Watch’s work on mega sporting events and child labor in tobacco farming. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Ottawa Citizen, and other publications. She holds degrees in international affairs, economics, and Russian.

Professor Joseph E IbrahimHead of Health Law and Ageing Research, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University - @ProfJoeonline

Joseph is a practising senior specialist in geriatric medicine with over 30-years of clinical experience in the health and well-being of older people. He has research interests in medico-legal death investigation, elder abuse and "dignity of risk", as well as quality of clinical care, performance measurement and patient safety. He established the Health Services Research Unit at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine after completing the Doctorate of Philosophy investigating the relationship between quality of care and performance indicators.


Change Makers Series

Introducing Change Makers, a thought leadership series which brings together the best academic, judicial and industry minds to solve some of the biggest problems facing our society.

At Monash Law we produce influential research which seeks to engage with our local and global communities, and impact positively on people’s lives.

Change Makers is more than just another series of speeches. Change Makers aims to be the catalyst for creating real change by providing follow-up opportunities for action and collaboration.


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