The impact of COVID-19 on elder law - on demand

Course ID ID20002_WEP1

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This on-demand material was recorded in June 2020.

The recent global pandemic has ravaged vulnerable and senior communities. Statistically, the following are still at great risk if they are infected: 

  • People aged 70 years and over
  • People aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
  • People with compromised immune systems; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50

As a lawyer, your professional obligations have not changed to an ageing population. This on-demand recording discusses:

  • What changed during the pandemic?
  • Interacting and providing advice with older clients
  • Assessing and screening for mental capacity and assist with substitute decision making documents while maintaining social distancing
  • The impact on aged care and those with special needs
    • Visitor restrictions, aged care worker health risks and a rise in psychological or physical abuse in aged care services. 

Speakers are: 

  • Sue Field, Adjunct Associate Professor, Western Sydney University
  • Professor Susan Kurrle, Geriatrician and Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

At the end of this on-demand course, you will earn 2 CPD points. Please consult the CPD rules for your state to ascertain how many CPD points you can claim for private study of audio/visual material during the CPD year.  


Full Price $198.00

Alumni/Member Price $178.20


Start date:

01 July 2020

End date:

30 June 2021



About This Course

Presenter biography

Sue Field Sue Field Adjunct Associate Professor, Western Sydney University

Sue Field is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University, a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and an Adjunct Fellow in Elder Law at Western Sydney University where for the past fourteen years she has taught elder law to undergraduate law students. Sue is a Lead Investigator with the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Director of the Australian Centre for Elder Law Pty Ltd and a Distinguished Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Sue is co-editor of the Elder Law Review, the only refereed elder law journal in Australia. Currently Sue is working on a co-authored text on elder law for the layperson and co-editing a text on elder law for professionals working in this area. Sue is a member of the NSW Law Society Committee on Elder Law, Capacity and Succession and a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission Advisory Committee for the Inquiry into Elder Abuse.


Professor Susan Kurrle Professor Susan Kurrle Geriatrician and Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Professor Susan Kurrle was awarded the NHMRC grant to lead the $25 million NHMRC Partnership Centre on Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (NHMRC 9100000, CDPC) in 2012. She and her Directorate team at the University of Sydney coordinate the CDPC teams of consumers, clinicians, health and aged care providers, and researchers across Australia. The CDPC focusses on research and implementation projects dealing particularly with the care aspect of dementia and related functional decline and has funded 32 research and implementation projects across Australia through partnership with the NHMRC, Dementia Australia, Brightwater Care Group, HammondCare, and Helping Hand Aged Care.



This on-demand was produced in NSW and features NSW-based practitioners. This on-demand is available to practitioners from all Australian jurisdictions.