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Reparations for People Living with Dementia in Aged Care: International Human Rights Perspectives

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Join a discussion about reparations for people living with dementia. 

Learn about the international human rights case for reparations.


Kate Swaffer, dementia and disability campaigner and independent researcher

Professor Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Person

Professor Israel Issi Doron, Dean of Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences and Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging at University of Haifa

Bethany Brown, Senior Human Rights Advisor, International Disability Alliance

Poland Lai, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

Linda Steele, Associate Professor of Law at University of Technology Sydney

About the Event

Facilitated by Poland Lai, Linda Steele and Kate Swaffer will introduce their new report Reparations for Harm to People Living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care

Professor Claudia Mahler, Professor Israel Doron and Bethany Brown will reflect on the report's call for reparations in the context of the international movement for human rights for people living with dementia.

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About the Report

People living with dementia have been subject to significant harm including violence, abuse and neglect in aged care. Yet, this harm is rarely recognised and redressed. People living with dementia in aged care, as well as care partners and family members, encounter ineffective complaint and prosecutorial processes, including barriers to reporting harm to the police, and difficulty accessing justice through the courts. The systems that allow harm to occur remain unchanged and continue to perpetrate further harm. People living with dementia and their care partners and family members await accountability, justice and change.

A new report called Reparations for harm to people living with dementia in residential aged care provides an evidence-base for reparations for people living with dementia who are harmed in residential aged care. The report finds that government, the justice system, health care and aged care providers are failing to recognise, redress and repair this harm, and hold those responsible to account. The report also finds that people living with dementia, and their care partners and family, want reparations that will bring about recognition, accountability and change, now. The researchers developed a set of principles to guide the design and operation of reparations for people with dementia, and these principles were informed by empirical research with people living with dementia, care partners and family, advocates and lawyers.

If you cannot attend this event but would like to read our report:

If you would like more information on the project:

If you would like to attend our event focused on the Australian context of reparations: https://www.dementiajustice.or...

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