Left to right: Public Advocate John Brayley, the Commission’s Chris Boundy, Public Trustee Debra Contala, Marilyn Crabtree from ARAS, and conference MC Keith Conlon.

Elder Abuse: A Growing Legal Challenge
SA has been a world leader in tackling the growing problem of elder abuse. A recent national conference in Adelaide marked the 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - an international "day of action" which was started in Adelaide in 2006.

The conference was organised by the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) with support from the Commission's Access Services Manager, Chris Boundy and Tara Simpson, who specialises in legal issues affecting older people.  Australian research suggests that up to 15,000 South Australians may be victims of elder abuse. Financial abuse, often by a family member, is the most reported type of abuse – and can involve large sums of money.

Chairman Michael Abbott AO QC, LSC Director Gabrielle Canny & Whyalla Manager Tim Weiss

The Commission recently celebrated the anniversary of its Whyalla office, a small legal outpost that’s been covering a vast part of SA for 30 years.

To mark the milestone and to meet with regional staff, Commissioners travelled to Whyalla and Port Augusta. For the first time the Commission's monthly board meeting was held outside Adelaide.

Left to right: Director Daisy Brown, actor Stephen Noonan, LSC Community Legal Education Officer Ella Pak Poy and actor Samuel McMahon.

CLE Theatre Project: The Trouble With Sam and Steve
An innovative crime prevention project is using theatre to entertain – and inform - primary school children. The Trouble with Sam and Steve toured SA schools in June and was seen by more than 1,500 students.

The performance is aimed at upper primary students and teaches them about criminal law and the consequences of offending.
The performance is followed by a workshop run by LSC lawyer and Community Legal Education Officer, Ella Pak Poy, who specialises in working with young people and their teachers.
The show was produced by the Community Arts Network with funding from the SA Attorney-General’s Department Crime Prevention Program.

Walking their talk: Commission staff at the Walk For Justice.

Walking The Talk, Raising The Cash
Cold, wet, happy and cashed up! The Commission’s team raised the fifth highest amount of money in this year’s Walk For Justice. We collected just over $3,600 for JusticeNet. While the day of the walk was damp and chilly, everyone enjoyed the comradery and the hot breakfast served by celebrity volunteers.

Portrait of Selvie Demeri

Selvie Demiri  - Portrait by Sophie Downey

Unforgettable Commission lawyer Selvie Demiri has been commemorated in a portrait by Adelaide barrister Sophie Downey.

The picture has been accepted for display in the 2015 Royal SA Society of Arts Victor Zhang Portrait Prize exhibition. A highly respected employee, Selvie died in December 2014 after a hard fought struggle with cancer.

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