See the presentation by solicitor Paul Falzon
SPEAKERS AT THE LAUNCH
Welcome - The Hon Jo Haylen MP
Jo is the member for Summer Hill in the NSW Parliament. She is the Shadow Minister for Seniors and Volunteers and Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Older People. She has been a strong advocate for the welfare and rights of older people, particularly during the current pandemic.
Rita has been a Registered Nurse for over 35 years. Her background is in intensive care, oncology, aged care and public hospital management. She now works for the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association as the Government and Community Relations organiser. She helped to establish the NSW Aged Care Roundtable, which includes clinical and advocacy organisations who work together to improve residential aged care. Last November Rita's father died after a few months in a nursing home and she has recent experience of end of life choices, and the challenges facing families at this difficult time.
Paul is a solicitor with degrees in commerce, law and urban planning.Having previously worked as a youth worker and in policy, he now works in a small family-based legal practice in Parramatta. He has been working in the area of wills, estates and family law since 2013 and enjoys helping older people plan for their future. He is a volunteer solicitor with COTA NSW's Legal Pathways program which provides low-cost estate-planning documents for older people on fixed incomes. He is also particularly interested in preventing elder abuse.
Thank-you - The Hon Leslie Williams MP
Leslie Williams is the member for Port Macquarie in the NSW Parliament and is Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Older People. She has served in a variety of portfolios including Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education, as well as the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health. She now serves as the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.