Protecting older Victorians from elder abuse

Older Victorians will have the respect and dignity they deserve, with new funding in aged care from the Victorian Government.

 

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $32.6 million to address elder abuse and secure the future of our state’s public aged care services.

 

The Government will allocate $6 million to tackle elder abuse by extending the trial of an integrated model of care – offering specialist clinical advice, family counselling and mediation services.

 

These services are being rolled out to five locations including Melbourne Health, Monash Health, Latrobe Community Health Service, Western Health and Peninsula Health.

 

The funding package will also provide better workforce training to ensure staff can better identify and respond to cases of suspected elder abuse, and prevent the abuse from escalating.

 

Community awareness events will also be held to increase the understanding of elder abuse as a form of family violence.

 

The Budget includes $26.6 million to secure the future of the state sector, and ensure residents have the care and comfort they deserve.

 

Public aged care services play a vital role in supporting our most vulnerable older Victorians who need specialist care for complex physical or mental health needs.

 

28 May 2018.