In May 2019, the Victorian Government announced the reappointment of Gerard Mansour as the Commissioner for Senior Victorians for a second four year term: 2019 - 2023.
Mr Mansour is widely respected and an outstanding advocate for the needs of older people, with over 30 years of leadership experience within the aged and community services sectors.
He was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Senior Victorians in 2013.
'Gerard Mansour is an outstanding advocate for senior Victorians – respected, considered and knowledgeable about the issues facing older people,' Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan said.
'I am delighted to reappoint him for another four years and look forward to working with him to continue addressing issues such as elder abuse, disadvantage and loneliness among senior Victorians.'
A continuing commitment to senior Victorians
As Commissioner, Mr Mansour provides advice to the government on the needs and interests of senior Victorians – particularly those who are vulnerable, at risk or disadvantaged.
“I am looking forward to continuing my work with the Victorian Government, and Minister Donnellan in particular, to promote the important role that senior Victorians play in our community”, Mr Mansour said.
Mr Mansour’s 2016 report Ageing is Everyone’s Business (PDF 1.2MB) has informed the government’s response to the issue of isolation and loneliness among older people.
Adviser and ambassador
He has also provided significant policy advice on the prevention of elder abuse and supporting multicultural and emerging communities.
As the Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, Mr Mansour has also worked to increase awareness of abuse among seniors and encouraged older Victorians to take action to protect themselves.
In partnership with the Office of the Public Advocate, he developed Your voice – Trust your choice, a booklet providing tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney.