Government launches new elder abuse hotline


The Federal Government has launched a new elder abuse hotline in its fight against elder abuse, ensuring seniors can have access to information and referrals to protect themselves.


Elder abuse can include incidents of a physical, psychological, sexual and financial nature. While the Government is also commissioning a national study to work out how widespread elder abuse is, it is estimated that as many as 185,000 Australians could be experiencing some kind of elder abuse nationally each year.


The Government will also provide funding to trial front line services nationally to support elder abuse victims including five specialist elder abuse units, three health justice partnerships, and four case management and mediation services. Federal Attorney General Christian Porter said the hotline was aimed at all elderly people including those living
independently, with family, in residential care and aged-care facilities.


“No Australian should feel ashamed about seeking help on this critical issue.


“Getting assistance or advice is an important step in empowering older Australians to address issues affecting them,” he said.


The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Kay Patterson, urged seniors to contact the new hotline if they believed they might be victims of elder abuse.


“To any older person who is out there thinking, ‘I’m not sure where my money is going, I don’t know what’s happening to my medication, I feel concerned that people are controlling my life’, that’s the number to ring and there will be people who are experienced to help them in their state or territory,” she said.

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