Conflict, Capacity and COVID 19: Elder Abuse in 2020


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Conflict, Capacity and COVID 19: Elder Abuse in 2020


This webcast will explore some upcoming issues relating to elder abuse, as well as provide strategies and skills for lawyers to help minimise its occurrence.

Topics to be covered include:

  • how to recognise and take action on situations of elder abuse;
  • issues arising from the high number of COVID-19 infections in NSW and Victorian aged care facilities;
  • how to deal with conflict in the context of attorneys and guardians/administrators, including skills for personal injuries lawyers to minimise abuse and assist colleagues practising in elder abuse.


Record date: 4 September 2020.

Webcast time length: 90 minutes.

Access Link will be valid for 7 days.


Amanda Schmidt

Director – Family Law, wills and Estates
Kennedy Spanner Lawyers

Amanda has worked with Kennedy Spanner Lawyers since 2001, initially as a personal assistant before commencing a 5 year Articled Clerkship in 2002. After her admission in 2007 she remained as a solicitor and in July 2013 became a Director of the firm.
Amanda has always practices in the areas of Wills & Estates as well as Family Law.
In Wills and Estates, Amanda acts in relation to Family Provision Applications, the preparation of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney and manages estate distributions including Probate Applications. She has an interest in exploring the use of Collaborative Law both in Succession Planning and in Family Provision Applications already commencing to practice with the use of Collaborative Law in the family law matters that she looks after. Amanda is passionate about ensuring her clients who make Enduring Powers of Attorney are appropriately and fully informed and give proper consideration to completing such documents in a way that provides them with adequate protection for a time when they potentially the most vulnerable they have been in their lives.

Catherine Cheek

Special Counsel
Kennedy Spanner Lawyers

Since being admitted in 1991, Catherine has actively campaigned for the individual’s rights and been involved in a number of significant cases. She joined APLA in 1994 and has been a Queensland committee member almost continually since 2002, holding positions as the Chair of the National Medical Negligence Special Interest Group. Queensland Chair of the Elder Law SIG and Queensland Secretary 2011 – 2016.

Catherine is the current president of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland since 2018.Through the ALA and DSWQLA committees Catherine has prepared submissions on WorkCover amendments to the Queensland Parliament and Elder Rights to the United Nations and Federal and State Governments.She was one of the first group of practitioners to be awarded Specialist Accreditation in Plaintiff Personal Injuries in Queensland in 1998.In 2017, she received the Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year Award from the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.

Michele Davis

Adjunct Lecturer, College of Law and PhD Candidate, QUT

Michele is a self-confessed succession nerd and has devoted her career to the world of succession and elder law. After 9 years in private practice along, Michele’s passion and interest in writing and research in succession law led her to undertake her PhD, under scholarship, with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR) at QUT. Michele has a Masters of Applied Laws specialising in Wills & Estates and teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer with the College of Law in this post-graduate specialisation.

Michele is an avid writer and researcher and publish updates on cases and articles from all around the country that deal with all aspects of succession and elder law on her blog and her content on her lawlife blog now features as a regular wellbeing column for the QLS Proctor online.

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