New government guidelines to help protect the health and well being of older Victorians were released in June. The Elder Abuse Prevention and Response Guidelines for Action 2012 – 2014, focuses on the achievement of the following:
- Increased community awareness of elder abuse.
- Empowerment of older people through the increased awareness of their legal, financial and societal rights and the provision of advice on protective measures.
- Active engagement by professionals through increased capacity to identify and respond to elder abuse.
- Coordinated multi-agency support is provided by relevant services to older people experiencing elder abuse.
They were developed by the Department of Health’s Ageing and Aged Care Branch in close consultation with an Advisory Group, chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mr Nick Wakeling. The guidelines adopt a two tiered approach based on responding to the needs of older people experiencing elder abuse and identifying a range of measures to prevent elder abuse from occurring.
More information about the Guidelines is available on the Seniors
Rights Victoria website