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Professor Joseph Ibrahim to lead panel discussion

27th November 2017

Leading not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas will tomorrow morning celebrate its fourth Industry Breakfast with a Panel Discussion featuring Professor Joseph Ibrahim.

Professor Ibrahim, Head of the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit at Monash University, will join Dr Jane Tracey, Director of the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria at Monash Health, and Benetas’ Dr Catherine Joyce in exploring ‘The Dignity of Risk.’

Professor Ibrahim said it was an important topic to explore, particularly in the context of aged care.

“Dignity of risk is about choosing how you want to live your life,” said Professor Ibrahim.

“It’s about understanding that even if the choices go wrong and hurt you, the pleasure they bring can make it worthwhile.”

“Towards the end of life we are more concerned with quality of life rather than length of life, but the risks of something going wrong tends to be greater.”

“This leads to society being overprotective and depriving older people of the joy of hazardous activities.”

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM said the organisation was proud to be facilitating the discussion which would challenge typical conversations around ageing.

“As an advocate for older people, we want to generate awareness of what the real issues are for older people in a way that is meaningful and respectful,” said Ms Hills.

“Exploring the ‘Dignity of Risk’ is particularly relevant for us as an aged care provider, as we consider how we can honour an older person’s right to choose, while maintaining their safety as best as possible.”

“Managing the risk of choice, particularly in the current landscape of consumer directed care, is a very complex issue for providers but it’s an important one.”

The 2017 Benetas Industry Breakfast, held at the Arts Centre Melbourne, will be attended by key industry representatives and will see the launch of Benetas’ Annual Report 2016-2017, Live Your Best Life.