PIANO FORTE – 20th August 2019 – Free Community Event

A DRAMATIC performance describing the emotional collision of a family’s ambition with the law will offer a cautionary tale to seniors on the Sunshine Coast.

Piano Forte is a harrowing story that brings into the spotlight the devastating effects of elder abuse in the community.

Developed by the Suncoast Community Legal Service and a creative team of theatre professionals, the film intends to educate seniors on wills, estates and powers of attorney.

The Suncoast Community Legal Service (SCLS) and Relationships Australia QLD will host a free screening of the film at the Maroochy RSL on Tuesday 20th August 2019  9.30am to 11.30am. This project has been proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.

Following each screening, there will be a Q&A session led by SCLS principal solicitor Julian Porter and supported by the Elder Abuse Prevention Service, and the Advanced Care Planning and family counsellors from Relationships Australia QLD.

The Elder Abuse Prevention Support and Service provides a multi-disciplinary service model that includes case management, information, support and referrals to improve health, well-being, social connection and safety. The service also addresses the legal aspect of elder abuse.

To find out more or to get assistance, seniors or concerned members of the public are encouraged to contact the dedicated EAPSS phone number on 1300 063 232.

The free Piano Forte session will be held from 9.30am – 11.30am at Maroochy RSL on Tuesday August 20th, 2019

For further information contact  info@suncoastcommunitylegal.org or phoning Suncoast Community Legal Service on 5443 7827.



Previous Event: 2016/17/18

Piano Forte

In September 2016, Piano Forte, our theatre education project finally hit the road and travelled to community theatres in Buderim, Nambour and Noosaville.      The play uses the fictional narrative of a family drama to educate audiences about wills, the roles and responsibilities of enduring powers of Attorney and raises awareness of the subtleties of financial elder abuse. The project was developed as a community legal education activity for seniors but was also highly relevant for those people who are caring or acting as an Attorney for an elderly person. The live performances attracted over  340 audience members in total and each performance was followed by a 20 minute Q&A panel session with SCLS staff, the cast of actors and a volunteer lawyer with experience in elder law. The play was created as a video resource and is available on the website. https://suncoastcommunitylegal.org/pianoforte/

In 2017 and 2018 there were future screenings and now is used as an educational tool for any elder law issues. From the success of this project, Suncoast Community Law was able to gain funding again from Legal Aid Queensland to create a series of filmed webisodes for grandparents acting as parents. In this relevant information on legal pathways and procedural matters to better assist grandparents and optimise the limited time in face to face appointments. The project will partner with the family well-being team at Community Solutions and the staff involved in the time for grandparents project at Uniting Care Communities to further develop the resource in the next 6 months.