ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing

The ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA) provides strategic advice to the Minister for Ageing on issues affecting older citizens in the ACT.

The Council had a key role in developing the ACT Active Ageing Framework 2015 - 2018 and continues to provide advice on its implementation.

The Office for Veterans and Seniors Affairs provides the Council’s secretariat. If you have a query about the Council, or would like to bring an issue to the Council’s attention, please contact the Secretariat on (02) 6207 8830 or send an email to communityparticipation@act.gov.au

MACA Terms of Reference

Biographies

Ms Fiona May (Chair)
Professor Robin Creyke (Deputy Chair)
Mr Greg Fraser
Ms Jennifer Mobbs
Mr Chris Redmond
Mr David Rymer
Ms Elizabeth Samra
Ms Sue Schreiner

Ms Fiona May (Chair)

Ms May is the Chief Executive Officer of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service, a service which is strongly committed to advancing the rights of older people in the ACT. At the national level she is currently Managing Director of the Older Persons Advocacy Network advocating for older peoples’ rights in the process of aged care reform through the work of the National Aged Care Alliance. On a personal level, Ms May has a strong commitment to social justice for all vulnerable members of the community including issues that face older Canberrans, both now and into the future. She has many years experience working in the ACT community sector and was previously a member of the Board of the ACT Council of Social Services for six years and a member of the previous MACA for two years. Fiona is also a member of the Disability Reference Group.

Professor Robin Creyke (Deputy Chair)

Professor Creyke’s understanding of seniors’ concerns arises from her former membership of the Council on the Ageing ACT (COTA ACT), the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and from decision-making on seniors’ issues as a member of several tribunals. In addition, she has written extensively on guardianship, enduring powers of attorney and the entitlements of war veterans and members of the ADF. As a professor, barrister and solicitor, and as a former advisor to the ACT government, she has extensive experience writing government submissions and conducting public inquiries.

Mr Greg Fraser

Mr Fraser has an extensive public sector and consulting career, involving developing policies and programs in a range of sectors, including: health and community care; disability services; aged care; environment and conservation; sport; heritage and museums; arts and festivals; community services and housing. Mr Fraser has consulted with public, private and not-for-profit bodies on corporate governance, risk management, program evaluation, strategic/business planning and change management. He has worked to improve funding and services for people affected by dementia in the ACT and lobbied to maintain and develop programs and services relating to counselling and advice to people with dementia and their carers. This includes activity groups for people with dementia, dementia behaviour management and education and training.

Ms Jennifer Mobbs

Ms Mobbs is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Council on the Ageing ACT (COTA ACT). In this role she is active in representing the interests of seniors in Canberra and is constantly seeking to improve conditions for older Canberrans. Ms Mobbs is a representative on the Active Travel Advisory Group, the Capital Health Network Community Advisory Council, and manages the Seniors Card, the Seniors Discount Directory and Seniors Week celebrations. She is involved in the COTA policy process at both local and national levels and co-ordinates forums and round tables to both share and gather information on issues affecting seniors. Ms Mobbs has been a member of several national committees and councils for the betterment of families and now concentrates her efforts in improving the health and lifestyle of older people in Canberra.

Mr Chris Redmond

Mr Redmond has worked in a number of roles including in direct service delivery, management and leadership roles in the Australian Public Service. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Woden Community Service (WCS) for the past 12 years, where he has been actively engaged in advocating for the provision of services available to seniors for social inclusion and independence. He has experience in administering housing programs, community transport, domestic assistance, social groups and community care services to support seniors in Canberra. He has successfully worked to increase the number and variety of groups available to seniors in WCS, to ensure seniors’ connectedness with the community.

Mr David Rymer

Mr Rymer is the President of the Canberra Seniors Centre. He is also the Convenor of the Combined Seniors Group of the ACT. He was previously a Board Member of COTA ACT, both as Treasurer and as a member of a variety of sub-committees. He has also had extensive involvement in a number of professional bodies and community committees. He was a member of the ACT Older Persons Assembly Organising Committee and the Australian Age Friendly Cities and Communities Steering Committee.

Ms Elizabeth Samra

Ms Samra has been active in advocating for the rights of older people for almost a decade. She has a particular interest in law reform and systemic advocacy initiatives designed to eliminate the significant barriers older people encounter in accessing justice. Ms Samra is currently working with Legal Aid ACT on a project to develop its elder law practice, with a focus on elder abuse and family violence. She is also a solicitor at Care Financial Counselling and the Consumer Law Centre, where she works closely with clients experiencing economic abuse and delivers targeted community education on topics relating to financial security and financial literacy. This work is particularly pertinent to older women in the ACT. Ms Samra is a member of the ACT Law Society's Elder Law and Succession Law Committee and a member of the National Older Person's Legal Service Network. Prior to moving to the ACT, Ms Samra was the Principal Solicitor of a specialist elder abuse legal and advocacy service in Victoria.

Ms Sue Schreiner

Ms Schreiner is a retired lawyer. She attended school in Canberra and spent her working life in NSW as a barrister and NSW Magistrate. She has always been committed to issues of social justice and is now engaged in advocacy for older people. She is currently a member of COTA (ACT) Policy Council, a consumer representative for Health Care Consumers, a member Health of Older Persons Reference Group HCCA, a member National Council of Women (ACT) and a committee member of Woden Seniors.

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