Hearings conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 into elder abuse have continued this week, with attention turning to rates of suspected abuse in aged care settings.
“What we would like to see is the data on confirmed cases of elder abuse occurring in these settings,” said COTA NSW CEO Ian Day. “For many years, we have been arguing that elder abuse is poorly researched and poorly understood. The Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has also noted that there is a real need for improved data collection, along with a community campaign to raise awareness about elder abuse.”
“However, the sad reality of elder abuse is that it often occurs in the context of the family. Most older Australians do not receive formal aged care. Instead, those who require care often seek it from family members. Tragically, these relationships can break down, and we witness elder abuse, primarily in the form of financial abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect in these settings.”
“The Elder Abuse Hotline does good work in NSW, but there is a great need for members of the community to have a better awareness of what they can do if they feel they, or someone they know, may be subject to abuse.”
COTA NSW has already provided testimony at this Inquiry. We look forward to the Inquiry’s findings, which are due to be released in May 2016.
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