It’s time to end elder abuse

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Elder abuse in Australia

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has been directed by the Australian Government Attorney-General to undertake a broad-ranging inquiry into elder abuse.

This inquiry will look at what older Australians are currently experiencing in terms of misuse or abuse by formal or informal carers and others, and what best practice legal frameworks would promote and support older people’s ability to participate equally in their community and protect them from abuse.

The ALRC released an initial issues paper on 15 June 2016, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, for response by 18 August 2016.

Alzheimer’s Australia will be preparing a submission to this important inquiry. The ALRC is particularly interested in real life accounts of elder abuse experienced by people with dementia; and in our views about what needs to happen to prevent and mitigate elder abuse.

If you have experienced or witnessed abuse of a person with dementia, in any form – physical, psychological, or financial abuse for example – we would be keen to hear your story. We are looking for anonymous but true real life accounts of elder abuse, to include in our submission to the inquiry.

We’re also interested in any views you might have about how older Australians with dementia can be better protected from abuse. Do you have any ideas about how elder abuse can be prevented, and how it should be addressed when it happens – including any changes to our legal system, or any other changes that you think could be helpful?

If you’d like to provide us with any input please email [email protected]


1Australian Law Reform Commission Elder Abuse Discussion Paper.