News tagged with Elder Abuse

National elder abuse peak established – Elder Abuse Action Australia

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 … Read the rest



Senate Inquiry Report – Residential Aged Care

The interim report from the Senate Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised was released 13 February 2018.

The particular focus of the inquiry was on the Makk and McLeay wards of the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility in South Australia; and the failure of regulatory systems to identify and address serious issues … Read the rest



National Plan to address elder abuse

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, announced on 20 February that a National Plan to address elder abuse will be developed to ensure the protection of older people in our community.

A National Plan was a key recommendation of the 2017 Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Report: Elder Abuse – a National Legal Response, which highlighted examples of serious physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people.

“Abuse takes many forms and can have wide reaching emotional, financial and physical effects … Read the rest



Support Services for People at Risk of Elder Abuse

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is seeking quotes through an open procurement from suppliers with the capability to deliver support services to people at risk of elder abuse.

Successful suppliers will receive a three year funding allocation to provide community support and  legal information as well as referrals, advice and information to older people in one, several or all the following locations:

  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Mackay
  • Gladstone
  • Rockhampton

A total funding allocation of $700,000 per … Read the rest



Gold Coast Elder Abuse Reference Group

A Gold Coast Elder Abuse Reference Group that will meet quarterly to discuss issues, provide information sharing opportunities, to identify educational opportunities to improve awareness and where possible prevent abuse occurring and work collaboratively to improve the response to elder abuse. ...


Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month held annually in May to raise community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence and the support available to those affected.

The key aims of the month are to:

  • raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and its impacts;
  • promote a clear message of no tolerance of domestic and family violence in Queensland communities;
  • ensure those who are experiencing domestic and family violence know how to access help
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Elder Abuse Discussion Paper – Why it’s so important

Generally speaking, elder abuse is often perpetrated by family, friends, carers, and other trusted people, rather than by strangers.  Many cases of elder abuse have similarities to family and domestic violence.  Research suggests that women are more likely to experience elder abuse than men.

Elder Abuse is on the rise – however, there is no comprehensive data on the prevalence of abuse of older people receiving aged care.

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner have received reports of a number of … Read the rest



International Day of Older Persons – Saturday 1 October 2016

Take a Stand Against Ageism

For older people, ageism exists – everyday, and yes, it’s challenging and heart-breaking.

More often than not, older people (50 years plus) are:

  1. Overlooked for employment
  2. Restricted from social services
  3. Stereotyped in the media
  4. Marginalised and excluded from their communities

Ageism seems to be everywhere – and quite often is socially normalised and accepted.

Ageism is portrayed from every angle – especially in the media, with characters who are older being seen as senile, nosey … Read the rest



Rules door-to-door salespeople must follow

When you deal with door-to-door salespeople, your rights are different from when you visit a store or shop online. This is because you did not seek out (‘solicit’) the business to buy from them. We call these types of sales ‘unsolicited consumer agreements’.

A door-to-door sale is unsolicited when: a business or their agent approaches you without your invitation. This is usually at your home but it can also happen in public places like the common area of a shopping … Read the rest



There’s No Excuse For Elder Abuse

No Excuse

No one wants to believe that their son or daughter, brother or sister, grandchild or cousin could be abusing them or an older relative. We want to think older people we know are being well cared for.

Unfortunately, abuse does happen and the number of reports made to the Elder Abuse Helpline is increasing.

June 15 is  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It is the main day in the year when the world voices its opposition to the abuse … Read the rest