WA supports a national plan to combat elder abuse

The Western Australian Government has welcomed the announcement that all Australian Attorneys-General - excluding caretaker mode Tasmania's - will develop a national plan to combat elder abuse.


The Commonwealth Attorney-General's office made the announcement today (20 February) coinciding with the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference being held in Sydney.


The Australian Law Reform Commission's capstone recommendation for a National Plan recognised the need to develop strategies beyond legal reforms.


This presented the opportunity to develop national awareness and community education campaigns, provide training, establish elder abuse helplines and direct future research.


Planning for the initiative gets underway in March 2018 when the working group - co-chaired by WA - meet to agree on an engagement strategy and a timetable for development.


Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray, "We ... recognise that this is a highly complex and often seemingly invisible issue that can take many forms.


"These forms of abuse can be financial, emotional or psychological, social, neglect and physical or sexual abuse.


"Regardless of the type of abuse, the sad truth is that exploitation or abuse of older people is more likely to come from people the older person should trust like family or friends.


"The plan provides a significant opportunity to increase awareness about the issue and to provide a range of meaningful initiatives to help older people to feel safer and more secure."


20 February 2018.