Dementia Australia welcomes the appointment of Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM as the next Age Discrimination Commissioner.
The Age Discrimination Commissioner, operating within the Australian Human Rights Commission, leads the work to prevent age-based discrimination and promote equality across areas of employment, education, accommodation and the provision of goods and services.
In this position, Mr Fitzgerald will spearhead initiatives to combat age related disparities and to advocate for the rights of older people in Australia.
Mr Fitzgerald contributed to the Dementia-Friendly Communities Roundtable in NSW Parliament in September 2022 which resulted in the inaugural NSW Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Action Plan 2023-2025 released in September 2023.
Dementia Australia Executive Director, Services, Advocacy and Research Dr Kaele Stokes said the appointment was well deserved.
“Mr Fitzgerald has long championed the rights of older people, including those with a cognitive impairment, and this new appointment acknowledges his commitment to serving this community,” Dr Stokes said.
“In 2024 there are more than 421,000 people living with all forms of dementia in Australia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people is expected to increase to more than 812,500 by 2054.
“Older people living with dementia are more susceptible to elder abuse, including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, social and financial abuse as well as neglect.
“Dementia Australia looks forward to working with Mr Fitzgerald to protect older Australians, especially people living with dementia or cognitive impairment who are more vulnerable within the community.”
Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated more than 421,000 Australians living with dementia, and the more than 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.
For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit dementia.org.au
When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia-Friendly Language Guidelines.
Media contacts: Sally Grandy, Senior Media and Communications Advisor, 0401 566710, Sally.Grandy@dementia.org.au
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Sally Grandy, Senior Media and Communications Advisor - 0401 566710