Australian Minister Ajaka calls for an end to elder abuse

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka has used World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to call for a stop to the abuse of older people and encourage the wider community to treat older Australians with the respect and recognition they deserve.

The NSW Government acknowledges World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as a day to raise awareness within the community and send a message that eliminating elder abuse is everyone’s business.

 Mr Ajaka said that the abuse of older people is a serious issue and unfortunately in most cases happens behind closed doors and can go unreported.

“It is a sad fact of life that the elderly too often fall victims to verbal, physical, financial and mental abuse,” Mr Ajaka said.

The NSW Government continues to deliver major aspects of the NSW Ageing Strategy focussed on reducing abuse and supporting older people lead active, safe, healthy and rewarding lives.

Last year the NSW Government launched a policy designed to better co-ordinate the government’s response to elder abuse.

Elder abuseThe Preventing and Responding to Abuse Policy represents the Government’s commitment to responding to elder abuse and upholding the health and wellbeing of older residents.

The Government is also promoting the ongoing development of the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline which provides a vital service to the elderly, offering support, information and referrals and receives up to 120 calls a month.

Anyone who witnesses, experiences or suspects elder abuse should call the Helpline on 1800 628 221.

If you are concerned about elder abuse you may want information about the issue, or the opportunity to talk to someone independently about your concerns and the options for getting help. Each state and territory provides information about abuse, abuse prevention and useful contacts.

State/territory Organisation or resource Contact
Australian Capital Territory Older Persons Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line (APRIL) 02 6205 3535
New South Wales NSW Elder Abuse Helpline 1800 628 221
Northern Territory Northern Territory Police 131 444
Queensland Elder Abuse Prevention Unit 1300 651 192
South Australia Aged Rights Advocacy Service
Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
08 8232 5377 (Adelaide)
1800 700 600 (rural)
Tasmania Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline 1800 441 169
Victoria Seniors Rights Victoria 1300 368 821
Western Australia Advocare Inc. 1300 724 679 (Perth)
1800 655 566 (rural)

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