Social Issues

ELC holds seminars that address a wide range of social issues. Areas of concern are particularly related to matters of social responsibility, social conscience and social justice. The Centre arranges talks, seminars, workshops and discussions to raise awareness and inform. ELC is not an advocacy group, as such, but aims to help people obtain a good knowledge base as citizens on which to form their opinions. On issues of public interest, we seek to go beyond what the media may tell us. We respect all informed well-reasoned opinion from those of any political, social or spiritual persuasion.

Social Issues matters often lead us to make presentations cooperatively with other organisations.

From 2017, please click here to see the upcoming Events ready for booking.

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Past Events

Beyond Suspicion & Ignorance: Are Australians Islamophobic?

In April 2016 Professor Riaz Hassan led a discussion centred on the report ‘Islamophobia, social distance and the fear of terrorism in Australia’ released in February 2016.

Befriending Asylum Seekers

A information booklet is prepared to highlight resources to support refugees and asylum seekers. For those who wish to obtain a copy, you can download it by clicking the following link:

Conversations about… End of Life Decisions

On 29 July 2014 we presented a session about the new Advance Care Directive Act. It was so popular we presented a repeat session on 14 October 2014. Our panel of presenters were

Photo of presenters

Julie, Margaret and Louise

  • Julie Redman who talked about Life Planning Issues and all the various legal documents with a focus on wills.
  • Margaret Brown explained how one new document replaces 3 current ones, and discussed giving instructions about wishes regarding healthcare and lifestyle if one loses the capacity to decide.
  • Louise Finnane described the Biography Program she initiated with volunteers recording key life experiences for palliative care clients.

All presenters were well received and generated some rich discussion amongst the participants who attended. As promised, below are some links that may be of assistance in the areas discussed.

The Advance Care Directive Kit and the Advance Care Directive Form can be downloaded online for free at:

A hard copy of the Kit and Form can be ordered on the Advance Care Directives website or phone Service SA on 13 23 24 during business hours.

The Legal Services Commission can give advice and witness your Advance Care Directive Form.  Phone 1300 366 424 or see website:

‘Dying Well’  -the  report by Hal Swerissen and Stephen Duckett for the Grattan Institute (September 2014) can be found on

“Seventy percent of Australians want to die at home yet most die in hospital and aged care. New policies could help many more people to die comfortably at home. As the baby boomers grow old, it is time to discuss a subject we might dislike but cannot avoid.”

Both the  article and the actual report can be downloaded from the website.