Canberra Conversation Lecture Series


Thu 30 August 2018Jenny Mobbs, Frances Crimmins, Elizabeth Samra and Toni Hassan / 12:30PM - 1:30PMFunction Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY.



Canberra has a relatively younger population compared to the rest of Australia. However, Canberra’s population is ageing with people aged 65 years and over projected to increase by 15 percent over the period 2016 to 2020. This IGPA seminar explores whether Canberra is an age friendly city, and whether its policies and services have due regard to the needs of the aged and an ageing population.

The Seminar is jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM, and co-sponsored by the Council on the Ageing ACT.

JENNY MOBBS is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council on the Ageing ACT (COTA ACT). She is a representative on the Active Travel Advisory Group, the Capital Health Network Community Advisory Council, and manages the Seniors Card, the Seniors Discount Directory and Seniors Week celebrations. She is involved in the COTA policy process at both local and national levels.

Ms Mobbs has been a member of several national committees and councils for the betterment of families and now concentrates her efforts in improving the health and lifestyle of older people in Canberra.

FRANCES CRIMMINS is the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Canberra. Frances volunteers on a variety of boards and committees. These include: WESNET, former Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week in the ACT, ACT Women’s Services Network, and the Canberra Business Chamber Social Enterprise Taskforce. Frances is the former Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Committee for Women, and former Board Director of No Sweat Fashion.

In 2015, Ms Crimmins received an Edna Ryan Award for advancing the status of women in the ACT, and in 2016, she was named ACT Leader of the Year by the Australian Institute of Leadership and Management.

ELIZABETH SAMRA has been active in advocating for the rights of older people for almost a decade. She is currently working with Legal Aid ACT on a project to develop its elder law practice, with a focus on elder abuse and family violence. She is also a solicitor at Care Financial Counselling and the Consumer Law Centre, where she works closely with clients experiencing economic abuse; work that is particularly pertinent to older women in the ACT.

Ms Samra is a member of the ACT Law Society's Elder Law and Succession Law Committee and a member of the National Older Person's Legal Service Network. Prior to moving to the ACT, Ms Samra was the Principal Solicitor of a specialist elder abuse legal and advocacy service in Victoria.

TONI HASSAN is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, and winner of a Human Rights award for excellence in journalism.

She has been an adviser in federal politics and with the ACT Human Rights Commission in the area of children and young people’s advocacy.

Toni writes for The Canberra Times exploring her interconnected interests of community development, participatory democracy and parenting in the digital age. She is a scholar with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

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