" Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s establishment of Elder Abuse Action Australia, to help protect the rights of older Australians. "
Dementia Australia welcomes action to prevent elder abuse

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s establishment of Elder Abuse Action Australia, to help protect the rights of older Australians.

Speaking on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Friday June 15 2018, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that elder abuse in Australia is a serious issue that directly impacts the wellbeing of older Australians, especially those who are living with dementia.

“Based on international indicators, it is estimated that between 2 per cent and 10 per cent of older Australians experience elder abuse in any given year, with the prevalence of neglect possibly higher,” Ms McCabe said.

“People living with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment have a heightened risk of abuse as they may find it difficult to comprehend, recall, or report their abuse. Even if reported, these reports may sometimes be dismissed as being unreliable.

“Improved levels of training, education and support for people working with or caring for someone living with dementia is needed to minimise the risk of abuse.

“Dementia Australia welcomes the establishment of Elder Abuse Action Australia and their commitment to promote the safety, dignity, equality, health and independence of older Australians through education, capacity building, data gathering and research.”

Dementia Australia provides a range of education and services to help people working with or caring for people living with dementia, to enhance the quality of life of the person living with dementia and reduce the potential for abuse. For more information please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit dementia.org.au

To report abuse, for information and support please contact:

  • Elder Abuse Hotline (QLD) 1300 651 192
  • Elder Abuse Hotline & Resource Unit (NSW) 1800 628 221
  • Senior Rights Victoria (VIC) 1300 368 821
  • Elder Abuse Hotline (WA) 1300 724 679
  • Elder Abuse Phone line (SA) 1800 372 310
  • Older Person Abuse Prevention Referral & Information Line ACT (02) 6205 3535
  • Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline (TAS) 1800 44 11 69
  • Elder Abuse Information Line (NT) 1800 037 072
  • Lifeline 13 11 14

 Posted: June 13th, 2018
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