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Media Release

12 December 2016

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the Discussion Paper Elder Abuse (DP 83) released today by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) containing 43 proposals for law reform to combat elder abuse. 

Alzheimer’s Australia Ag National CEO, Maree McCabe, said the progression of this Inquiry is extremely important especially for people living with dementia who are particularly vulnerable to all forms of elder abuse.

“Alzheimer’s Australia is pleased to see the 43 proposals for law reform in the discussion paper to safeguard older Australians,” Ms McCabe said.

“The proposal requiring banks to take reasonable steps to prevent financial abuse including training for banking staff, using software to identify suspicious transactions and, in appropriate cases, reporting suspected abuse to the relevant authorities is a move in the right direction.

“Improving the complaints process in aged care is also welcomed as this aims to strengthen the compulsory reporting scheme by providing independent oversight of complaints of abuse, enhancing employment screening processes, and the introduction of an official visitor’s scheme for aged care.” 

Alzheimer’s Australia is encouraging members of the community, especially those who are impacted by dementia, to provide feedback on the proposed law reforms set out in this Discussion Paper to the ALRC, to ensure consumer perspectives are reflected in the formulation of the Inquiry’s Final Report. 

“We are also pleased to see a proposal for a national plan to combat elder abuse that will look beyond legal reform,” Ms McCabe said.

“Any steps that can be taken to ensure national safeguards are in place that protect vulnerable members of our community, particularly those living with dementia are welcome.”

The ALRC invites submissions in response to this Discussion Paper, which is available free of charge on the ALRC website

Submissions are due to the ALRC by 27 February 2017. 

The ALRC final report will be presented to the Attorney-General in May 2017.

Read Alzheimer’s Australia submission to the ALRC Issues Paper here.

Media enquiries:
Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | [email protected]

Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
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(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

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