In February, Seniors Rights Service hosted the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference which culminated in the development of Abuse of Older People: An Australian Community Response. This report involved over 70 high level stakeholders in the field of elder abuse prevention coming to a consensus on a National Plan to tackle elder abuse.
Seniors Rights Service CEO Russell Westacott and Seniors Rights Service board member Margaret Duckett were invited to attend the United Nations in New York to present the final report. During their presentation they articulated the community recommendations developed in the report, which include developing a national framework to tackle elder abuse and conducting further research into the problem.
Westacott and Duckett were also able to inform the United Nations about how both the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Commonwealth Department of Health have increased funding and support in the wake of the Conference. Moreover, each state is now working in collaboration to ensure uniformity in elder abuse responses, with each state developing their own strategy groups to feed into the National Plan.
The presentation was webcast live and can be accessed by clicking here.