Linda Steele

Safe and just futures for people living with dementia in residential aged care ('Safe and Just Futures')

Award: 
Dementia Australia Research Foundation - Victorial Project Grant
Project Snapshot: 

People living with dementia experience disproportionate rates of institutional violence in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). ‘Safe and Just Futures’ engages people living with dementia, care partners, lawyers, advocates, RACF regulatory bodies and services around stories and solutions for a safer and more just dementia care. It develops workable recommendations for more appropriate and effective legal responses to protect and enhance quality of life for people living with dementia in RACFs. This action research project takes an approach that combines dignified, respectful and non-discriminatory reparation and support for individual victims with large-scale reform to the RACF regulatory frameworks and practices and public hearings of past and historical abuses. The project seeks to:

  1. Promote reforms to regulatory frameworks and RACF practices to promote safer and more just care of people living with dementia; and
  2. Recognise and remedy harms experienced by people living with dementia and others affected by these incidents.
Where are they now?: 

Linda Steele is a senior lecturer in law and a core member of Law Health Justice Area of Research Excellence at University of Technology Sydney and a visiting senior fellow at the Legal Intersections Research Centre and Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong. Linda’s research explores intersections of disability, law and injustice, including in the contexts of violence and institutionalisation.