Aged Care Justice is the new name for aged care legal advocacy group

There’s a new name for a prominent aged care legal advocacy group, with Aged-care Legal Advocacy & Reform Matter (ALARM) revealing its new, snappier branding: Aged Care Justice.

The group, which has helped almost 50 aged care residents around Australia access legal services since the Royal Commission two years ago, says that while some victims have received redress or forced changes in the way homes are run, it needs to “remain ALARMed” by these issues.

“However, now more than ever we also need to ensure that victims and their families can easily find us and access our services so that we can continue to grow and provide support to those in need. With this in mind we have changed our name to Aged Care Justice,” it said in a statement.

According to Aged Care Justice’s President and Founder, Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC, Aged Care Justice seeks to educate older Australians on their rights, help them access legal representation, and lobby for reform of the sector.

“Often aged care residents may not even realise what they are experiencing is abuse, and that’s why Aged Care Justice was created – to empower, educate and protect,” he said.

Aged Care Justice connects people with lawyers at no cost for a free initial consultation, after which the lawyers will identify the most efficient and affordable way to help them, including pro-bono if they qualify.

Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash

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Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

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Ian Horswill

Journalist

Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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Jill Donaldson

Physiotherapist

Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

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Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.