New peak body Elder Abuse Action Australia is here to protect our seniors
In observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Elder Abuse Action Australia (“EAAA”) was officially launched yesterday by Seniors Rights Service and Attorney-General, the Honourable Christian Porter.
EAAA is a flourishing network of organisations and individuals who are working together in partnership with the federal government to prevent elder abuse in Australia through providing support services and increasing awareness in the community.
For senior Australians suffering abuse and their families, they will be able to seek expert help from this new peak body.
Mr Porter says:
“As Australia’s population ages, with the proportion of those aged 65 or over rising from 15% of the population in 2014-15 to 23% by 2055, we need to address the risk of abuse that faces people as they age.”
“[The] EAAA has been established to work in partnership with government to promote the safety, dignity, equality, health and independence of older Australians through education, capacity building, data gathering and research.”
“Part of this is destigmatising the existence of elder abuse. Encouraging people to tell their stories, to make their abuse known, to complain.”
Here at PresCare, we do our part in preventing elder abuse by ensuring all staff participate in mandatory training on how to identify possible abuse and how to take appropriate action. Our policies and procedures provide guidance to staff on how to detect elder abuse and to understand their obligations to report any suspicions or allegations of elder abuse.
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Sources: www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Media/Pages/establishment-of-peak-body-to-counter-elder-abuse-14-june-2018.aspx, www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/14/00/06/experts-enlisted-to-help-stop-elder-abuse, www.australianageingagenda.com.au/event/official-launch-of-elder-abuse-action-australia-eaaa