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Aged Care Justice is a not-for-profit group of volunteers incorporated in Victoria pursuant to the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. It was established in October 2020, by senior legal and medical professionals. Aged Care Justice’s Chairman is Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen, AM QC, a member of the Victorian Bar, now retired, and is supported by other voluntary Board members.

Aged Care Justice is also supported by several volunteer law students from the Monash University Law School. They provide secretariat and research assistance.

Our Patron

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The Honourable Tony Pagone QC

We welcome The Honourable Tony Pagone QC, as Patron of Aged Care Justice, a former Federal Court Judge and Chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

Our Team

Aged Care Justice is a not-for-profit group of volunteers incorporated in Victoria pursuant to the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. It was established in October 2020, by senior legal and medical professionals.

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Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC

Chairman

Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC, now retired, practised at the Victorian Bar for 35 years, focusing on the protection of human rights, including native title claims.

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Sue Williamson

Deputy Chair

Sue is a partner with Holding Redlich and is actively involved in volunteering in the palliative care industry.

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ANASTASIA (Anna) WILLIS

Board Member, CEO (Interim)

Anna, is currently a sole practitioner, with over 20 years business experience, in a variety of roles for both commercial and community organisations.

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Cai Lin Tan

Board Member, Secretary

Cai Lin has legal and corporate advisory experience gained over many years as a senior lawyer in top-tier private practice and as General Counsel of ASX listed companies. 

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Henry Walachowski

Treasurer

Henry Walachowski acts as treasurer of our organization. He has been a Director of Marin Accountants Pty Ltd since 2005.

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Elizabeth Barton

Board Member

Elizabeth (Liz) is a registered nurse specialising in aged care, dedicated to driving reform in the aged care sector. Liz leads Aged Care Justice’s alliances team.  

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Diane (Di) McDonald

Board Member

Di is a business development specialist in healthcare, disability and human resources, having held Managing Director and CEO positions in private and public organisations. She is currently Chair of LACW, Board Member of the Hester Hornbrook Academy and the Cabrini Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of Psychology Melbourne.

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Catherine Henry

Consultant

A specialist health and medical lawyer for over 30 years, has conducted numerous negligence claims against residential aged care facilities and has pursued aged care advocacy. She is the national spokesperson for the Australian Lawyers Alliance on aged care and elder law.

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Patrick O'Doherty

Consultant

Patrick O’Doherty is the owner of Yarra Web and manages Aged Care Justice’s digital communications.

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Dr Eileen Webb

Consultant

Dr Eileen Webb is Professor of Law and Ageing in the School of Law at the University of South Australia.

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Rodney Lewis

Consultant

Rodney is a full time practising solicitor in elder law and elder abuse with Elderlaw Legal Services, Martin Place, Sydney.

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Guy Donovan

Consultant

Guy is a Consultant to Aged Care Justice and the National Pro Bono Manager at law firm, Holding Redlich.

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Daniel Peet

Secretary

Daniel is a penultimate law student at Monash University

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Elizabeth Papapetrou

Secretary of Fundraising

Elizabeth is a penultimate law student at Monash University.

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Edward Carlisle

Secretary

Edward is a penultimate law student at Monash University.

Our Purpose

Aged Care Justice’s main purposes are to promote law reform in the Aged Care sector and to assist aggrieved persons seeking legal redress due to financial, emotional or physical damage suffered in aged-care facilities.

Aged Care Justice does not provide legal advice or representation. It seeks to assist aged-care residents and/or their families by referring them, should they wish, to pro-bono legal firms for advice and, if considered appropriate, representation in legal proceedings. Aged Care Justice’s full statement of purposes, drawn from its Constitution as incorporated, is available on this website here.
Activities:

Aged Care Justice is networking with allied groups and aged-care workers, and is developing contacts with lawyers and legal firms willing to accept potential clients, initially on a pro-bono basis and, if so instructed, to act for them thereafter.