Register Now for EveryAGE Counts Webinar

Register Now for EveryAGE Counts Webinar

Human rights advocates around the world have long argued that ageism is a barrier to older people receiving protections through general human rights provisions.

Historically, Australia has played an important role in leading the world on passing and implementing conventions designed to dismantle prejudice and discrimination. However, thus far, Australia has not played a comparable role in working for the establishment of an International Convention on the Rights of Older People. It's time to step up.

Join EveryAGE Counts for a discussion on how we can galvanise and mobilise Australian Government leadership domestically and on the global stage in the creation of a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

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Please join the conversation with Marlene Krasovitsky (EveryAGE Counts Co-Chairs) and our exciting line up of panellists and speakers including:



Bill Mitchell, Principal Solicitor, Townsville Community Law Inc and long-time campaigner for older person human rights

Bill Mitchell was admitted as a lawyer in 1992. He regularly writes and presents on older persons’ human rights. He is Principal Lawyer at Townsville Community Law. He has a LLM and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by James Cook University (JCU). He holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Law with JCU’s College of Law, Business and Governance.

Bill received the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2008 and the Law Council of Australia’s President’s Medal in 2019. Bill was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2020. He has represented Community Legal Centres Australia in the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing and other United Nations forums since 2013.


Craig Gear, CEO of the Older Persons Advocacy Network

Craig Gear OAM was appointed CEO of the Older Persons Advocacy Network in 2018, after serving as its chairperson. Craig has extensive experience in health service management and health consulting, previously serving as Board Chair at Seniors Rights Service and working in health care advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His background is in nursing, and he is passionate about connecting and improving the health system for all Australians.


Professor Julie Byles, Head of the International Longevity Centre (ILC) – Australia and Co-President of the ILC-Global Alliance

Professor Julie Byles AO BMed PhD FAAHMS, is the Global Innovation Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing at the University of Newcastle and a Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

She is a Fellow and Life Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, and Chair of their grants committee, Chair of the International Association of Gerontology (Asia Oceania) Social Research and Planning sub-committee, Head of the International Longevity Centre (ILC) – Australia and Co-President of the ILC-Global Alliance. Her research interests in ageing include the role of health services, preventive activities, and treatments in maintaining quality of life for older people. 


Andrew Byrnes, Emeritus Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Faculty of Law and Justice at the University of New South Wales

Andrew Byrnes is Emeritus Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Faculty of Law and Justice at the University of New South Wales, a research associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW (where he is Director of the project on The human rights of older persons in international and national law) and associate investigator of the Ageing Futures Institute at UNSW.

He has worked with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions as an adviser in the ongoing UN General Assembly discussions on a possible new treaty on the human rights of older persons. 


Robert Tickner AO, Co-Chair EveryAGE Counts

Robert is a Co-Chair of the EveryAGE Counts campaign. 

Robert is a former Acting Under Secretary General of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation and the former Chief Executive of Australian Red Cross - a position he held from February 2005 to August 2015. He is also Australia’s longest serving Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Robert holds Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics degrees and has undertaken the first stage of an Executive MBA.

This webinar is for human rights advocates, older person advocates, broad civil society organisations, academics and researchers, policy makers, political advisors and other interested and motivated individuals. We look forward for you joining us! 

May 17, 2022 at 10:30am - 11:30am
Webinar - Details forwarded with registration
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