National elder abuse action group start of positive change
Australia's Attorney General announced this week a number of key initiatives as part of the government's national agenda to address elder abuse.
The government will fund -
Establishing the Elder Abuse Action Australia
Funding to the tune of $250,000 over two years will be available to establish a national, elder abuse peak body.
Its purpose is to support vulnerable older Australians through having their issues addressed and represented in a more coordinated and comprehensive manner.
Creation of a knowledge hub
The knowledge hub will be an online gateway raising awareness and providing information and training materials for the public and professionals about preventing and responding to elder abuse.
The newly established EAAA will support the development of the hub, foster collaboration and the sharing of information to facilitate learning and innovation, and provide policy expertise to governments as we collaborate to develop programs to better support older Australians.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies will receive a further grant of $590,000 for researching the prevalence and nature of elder abuse in Australia.
Annual national conference
The fifth annual Australian Elder Abuse Conference, to be held in 2018, will receive government funding.
"Elder abuse is a problem that requires individuals, communities, governments, civil society and the private sector to work together to better protect older Australians," Attorney George Brandis said.
"That is why I established with my state and territory counterparts, an elder abuse working group to consider the recommendations contained in the recent Australian Law Reform Commission report, Elder Abuse - A National Legal Response.
"This working group will report back to ministers via the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council this year.
"By 2055, the Australian population aged over 65 is expected to rise to 23%. This up from 15% in 2014-15.
"Together we will build a national understanding of elder abuse, establish better ways to share information, and work in partnership to protect the rights of all older Australians," he added.