SA nursing home blocks daughters' unsupervised visits with dying mother

Two older women gather around their bed-ridden mother.Two sisters say they've been left traumatised by a decision to limit their access to their dying mother after a dispute with her nursing home in regional South Australia.

The sisters, Catherine Loran and Sylvia Mullan, have been sole carers for their mother, 86-year-old Doreen Loran, for a decade and feel the issue arose after they complained about the home's "disgusting" level of care.

After a bitter dispute with her Port Augusta-based aged care provider, Edenfield Family Care Nerrilda, the sisters said they'd been limited to just two one-hour supervised visits per week.

Ms Loran has dementia and breast cancer and has been given months to live.

"It's like mum's a prisoner, not a resident," Ms Mullan said.

Geoff Thomas - Queensland Public Trustee Abuse: “Withholding my RediCard”

May 8, 2011:  Australian citizen, who fled to New Zealand, to escape the clutches of the Queensland Public Trustee, & Adult Guardian, who have been treating him with contempt, and violating his basic human rights for the last decade! He has two brain tumours, two kidney tumours and epilepsy…

Queensland Public Trustee Bullies – Confiscating CentreLink Pension

Abuser Name or Alias:: Tanya Vellacott, Michelle Vichi and Tim Feeley - Senior Officers
Abusers Organisation:: Queensland Public Trustee
Type of Abuse:: Financial
Matter Resolved?: No, Ongoing

Chris Jenkinson

SA Public Trustee
Chris Jenkinson’s 10 year battle against SA’s Public Trustee is set to open an explosive can of worms of systemic mismanagement & accounting errors likely to have affected thousands of their clients’ financial assets going back decades… That could total millions of dollars.
MY COMMENT: Take note of the comments located underneath the video.

If I turn my back on this when I have the evidence, then I’m turning my back on all those people, particularly between the period of 2006 and 2012 where my records show problems, and so I just turn my back on them and that’s not – we’re not comfortable with that. As I said, I feel that there must be some means for the federal government to be able to oversee a situation where, if a state is not abiding by its own laws, then where do you go to get someone to intervene for an Australian citizen? I hope I’ve made sense. I just don’t know where to go. (PDF 10 pages)

Six young Australians a day forced into nursing homes

Royal commission hears of plight of young Australians stuck in aged care

Every day six young Australians are institutionalised in the aged care system because there is nowhere else they can go to receive the care they need.

The aged care royal commission is sitting in Melbourne this week and is turning its attention to people aged under 65 in nursing homes.

Jon Blake

NSWGT-EXPOSED COMMENT: There are oodles of info about the existence of an Aussie bloke named Jon Blake.  Unfortunately, his life took a turn for the worst while he was still relatively young.  To compound his challenge, some awful people took advantage of his circumstances (including the NSW Public Trustee), which had a devastating effect upon his entire family.  If ever there was a memory, of a persons legacy worth fighting for, truly it is Jon Blake’s.  To Jon and all his family, I hope that the delayed justice that you never got, is bestowed upon you tenfold.

The Fight Of His Life: Jon Blake’s Battle
Jon Blake was once the rising star of Australian film with a career ahead of him so promising that a court awarded him $32 million damages for the car accident that left him brain damaged and paralysed.

Abusers Organisation:: NSW Public Trustee
Type of Abuse:: Financial
Matter Resolved?: No, Ongoing

Mira Mikulic

Having looked after my widowed and elderly mum for nearly 20 years and providing her with financial, physical and emotional support, my mum chose to leave most of estate, that I helped her to build, to overseas family. Without my knowledge, she appointed the Public Trustee to administer this estate. Foolishly and due to my strong sense of loyalty and compassion for my mum, I always placed her and her needs first and acted in her best interest, to my own detriment. Being under the impression that I would eventually reap the rewards of my efforts from her estate. Her will and a spiteful letter she left me opened my eyes to how she and my family appreciated these efforts on her behalf. I was almost written out of her will, close to being 50 years of age. I suddenly faced everything I worked for over the past 20 years about to be given to people who did very little for mum, including my sister that claimed to be very close to her. I had a choice to walk away with this nothing or to fight for a better share of the estate. I chose the latter and hired Turnbull Hill Partners to represent me in the Family Court. They immediately arranged a caveat on the estate and informed the Public Trustee that I intended to contest mum’s will. Thus began 3 years of personal hell with the Public Trustee, my family and various authorities. I informed the Public Trustee soon after mum’s death that I was the only one caring for mum and building her estate and had detailed proof of this. I offered the relevant family members more just and generous settlements that they, driven by greed, chose to decline. From here on, the Public Trustee, my sister and my family went into a life and death mode to hang on to mum’s estate, in this manner:
  • When I asked them to change the locks on mum’s house due to my sister’s looting the estate, they did so and locked ME out - Allowing my sister to keep on looting.
  • They were happy for my sister having taken mum’s expensive TV, without my permission. Yet they insisted on my giving them less money I collected for selling some of her things, with their permission.
  • They took away whatever was left in the three bedrooms, fully furnished house and valuable garage and gardening tools. Inspite of repeated requests by me, I was never informed of where her things went. They did, however, present the estate with a bill of $300 for the LOSSES that this action incurred
  • Even though there were developers willing to pay $1mil for her property at the time of her death, the Public Trustee refused to release it for sale for 8 months
  • Being the public servants that they are, they happily paid huge water rates on an unoccupied property having a burst pipe. Disconnecting the water obviously never occurred to anyone. Neither did keeping the garden net and tidy, again inspite of my repeated requests.

Witnesses tell shocking tales about Guardian

Horror stories of medical maltreatment of people in the care of the NSW guardianship authorities, including the alleged euthanasia of an elderly woman against the wishes of her family, were recounted to a parliamentary committee yesterday. Witnesses wept as they gave evidence of officials of the Public Guardian’s office confiscating the assets of their relatives and putting them in hospitals and nursing homes where they were prevented from seeing their families and subjected to massive doses of psychotropic drugs.

More than 100 friends and families of people subject to guardianship orders packed the theatrette at Parliament House for an unusual public forum chaired by Swansea MP Mr. Milton Orkopoulos, applauding as witnesses denounced the decisions and policies of the guardianship bureaucracy.

The most dramatic testimony came from a Sydney woman, Frances Cookson, who said that her previously alert and active mother had been allowed to die of “thirst and starvation” after the Guardianship Tribunal intervened in a family dispute over her care, and hospitalized her, where she was incorrectly diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and given powerful drugs.

Brandishing pictures of her emaciated-looking mother, Ms. Cookson alleged that “a decision was made to terminate my mother by denying her food and water” by medical staff “in the Fairfield area” who had access to a book on euthanasia called Playing God. Her mother died in March 1995, only a matter of months after being placed under guardianship.

Abuser Name or Alias:: NSW Public Guardian
Abusers Organisation:: State Authority
Type of Abuse:: Financial, Physical, Neglect, Chemical Restraint, Death
Matter Resolved?: No

Paula Carew


  • by: Paula Carew
  • recipient: Minister for ageing and Disability M John Ajaka, Attorney General Minister for Justice, Brad Hazzard.


Demand that an independent committee made up of non public servants be given the power to review NSW Trustee and Guardian decisions. Demand that the NSW Trustee and Guardian be stripped of their dictatorship of total control of another’s assets.

Paul Contempree

Paul Contempree is the author & publisher of NSWTG EXPOSED.


My message to all of the poor broken people, who have had their lives ruined to some extent, by the NSW Trustee and Guardian.

Due to a lack of satisfaction by various affected victims, to encourage the NSWTG to create a ‘fairer system’, I’m hoping to find somebody, who would be willing to build a Class Action case, against this outlandish Australian Government Department, taking it directly to the High Court of Australia in Canberra.

Several dissatisfied clients of the NSWTG, have contacted me through this website, wanting to be part of a Class Action.

I encourage any person who would like to participate in this endeavour, to contact me via:


Paddy Costa

NSWTG-EXPOSED NOTES: Paddy Costa battled the Australian ‘Office of Protective Commissioner’ (OPC) for many years.  Her efforts to reform the government system, which handled incapacitated people, was continuously blocked.  She created an organisation called COPPA, which stood for ‘Carers Of Protected Persons Association’, which no longer exists.  Paddy passed away sometime during the early 2000’s.  I have very little information about Paddy Costa.  If you could assist me in gathering a more comprehensive insight, into the work that Paddy accomplished, I believe that I could make very good use of it, through nswtgexposed.com.au

Treated like naughty kids
MP’s will vote soon on whether the NSW Guardianship Board, under attack for “playing God”, should sanction medical experiments on people under its care.

Protect us from the guardian
Until last November Capsis never dreamt that the fight that would get him most fired up would be right in his backyard. That was when responsibility for his ailing, widowed, 82-year-old mother-in-law, Gladys Raffa, was taken away from Capsis and his wife, Gail, and she was placed in the hands of the NSW guardianship authorities.

Abusers Organisation:: Australian Office of the Protective Commissioner
Type of Abuse:: Financial
Matter Resolved?: No

Grant MacDonald

Justice after 42 years in court marathon
Few lived to see the end of an exhausting court battle, writes Kim Arlington.
It was Bleak House played out in the NSW Supreme Court, with an inheritance dispute that dragged on for so long, many potential beneficiaries never lived to see it resolved.
Grant MacDonald is one of the few still standing.
After fighting a three-year court case while also battling cancer, the pensioner finally secured a share of his great aunt’s estate – 42 years after she died.

Unwilling Ward of the State - Australia

A MAN who spent $200,000 over 10 years on phone sex lines had his affairs taken over by the state after relatives claimed he was suffering dementia.
The 76-year-old retiree is now fighting the long-term guardianship and financial administration orders under which he was placed by the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal in June.
"They have kept me under orders without (sufficient) medical proof that I'm not capable of making my own decisions," he said.
The case raises more concerns about Queensland's guardianship system – which is already the subject of a review by the Queensland Law Reform Commission – including whether the tribunal should be required to seek expert medical opinions when placing people alleged to have diminished capacity under long-term orders.
Carers Queensland, one of two advocacy groups now trying to help the man, said it remained concerned about a number of aspects of the guardianship regime, "particularly about procedures that declare an adult incapable of making his or her own personal and financial decisions".
"It is the most extreme and serious action that can be taken by the state . . . There must be extreme caution taken in exercising such a power," the agency's Brendan Horne said.
In the man's case, the orders made by the tribunal mean the Office of the Adult Guardian and the Public Trustee can control every facet of his life, from where he lives and who he has contact with, to what he can spend money on.
The tribunal's reasons for the November 2006 decision show members of the man's family variously alleged he'd made $20,000 worth of 1902 calls a month over two years, or that he'd spent $200,000 over several years, that he was delusional, had mood swings, practised poor personal hygiene, was incapable of looking after himself and that he had been diagnosed with dementia.
After he was placed under orders, the man contacted a professor of neurology and a respected neuropsychologist and subjected himself to extensive clinical and cognitive testing, including brain scans.
Both specialists, who subsequently provided reports to the tribunal, said he did not have dementia and that he was not of diminished capacity.
The neurologist's report said the neuropsychologist's findings "support my diagnosis that (the man) has no form of dementia and that he is competent to manage his personal and financial affairs".
"But at the last hearing in June, the tribunal said that if I wasn't demented, maybe I was psycho – that's the offensive term the woman chair of the tribunal used," the man said.
"So now I'm arranging to be examined by a psychiatrist and because I don't have control of my finances, I'm putting a bit by each week out of the allowance the Public Trust gives me to live on to pay for it."
Tribunal documents from the April and June hearings show the tribunal members raised the possibility of the man having a psychiatric illness, ruling he was of diminished capacity and extending the guardianship order for two years and the administration order indefinitely.
In its reasons it said: "Whilst the tribunal accepts that (the man) does not have a diagnosis of dementia, there is evidence of cognitive dysfunction which impacts on the nature and effect of his decision-making in respect of the 1902 calls."
The reasons do not show the tribunal recommending the man undergo psychiatric testing to back that finding.
A spokesperson for the family said they supported the tribunal processes and the appointment of the Adult Guardian and the Public Trustee.
Adult Guardian Dianne Pendergast, when asked whether she had concerns about the tribunal's decision to place the man under orders, said she was unable to comment about individual cases because of confidentiality provisions.
The man said he could not remember when exactly he began making the 1902 calls, which can cost up to $5 a minute.
"(It was) 1999 I think. It started out as a bit of fun for me," he said. "It averages, for around 40 years of married life, about $5000 a year and that's a pittance because I never spent any money on myself and I was a very good provider to my family."
When the Public Trustee arrived to physically take his cheque books and freeze his bank accounts, he said he was "shattered".
"I cried all night that night – I had been writing out cheques for 50 or more years and I just couldn't believe this was happening to me," he said.
The man, who is now estranged from his family, said he felt "foolish" about his use of the 1902 numbers. "Look where that's got me," he said.

This is an unusual case. It is not the "usual" elder abuse case. I was very much mistaken that guardianship abuse occurred only in the USA. Another call for reform to the law that was set up to protect the vulnerable in our society.
Source : http://elder-abuse-spotlight.blogspot.com/search?q=Unwilling+ward+of+the+state