The new peak body, Elder Abuse Action Australia, to support the national coordination and advocacy of issues relating to the prevention of elder abuse has been formally launched in Sydney.
The EAAA involves a growing network of organisations and individuals that work in elder abuse prevention and support services.
COTA Australia chief executive Ian Yates said the launch of EAAA was a crucial step to addressing elder abuse.
“Older Australians are among the most vulnerable to physical, emotional and financial abuse, and more often than not, incidences of abuse go unnoticed,” Mr Yates said.
“Elder abuse is a manifestation of ageism and a sign of a much broader complex societal problem in our attitudes towards older Australians,” he said.