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Elder abuse prevention and response guidelines for action 2012 – 2014

The Victorian Government is addressing the complex and sensitive issue of elder abuse. The Elder abuse prevention and response guidelines for action 2012 – 2014 outline the government’s priorities, actions and measures to help protect the safety and well being of older Victorians.

For information on the services and support available to help protect the rights of older people visit the Your rights section of the Seniors online website.

Professional education program

The elder abuse prevention and response professional education program includes a range of resources to assist professionals working with older people. Further information is available at http://www.eapsatvu.org.au/ or email eaps@vu.edu.au

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With respect to age - 2009
Victorian Government practice guidelines for health services and community agencies for the prevention of elder abuse

The abuse of older people is not a new social problem, and there is no evidence overall that indicates abusive situations are becoming more prevalent.

Abuse involving older people is a complex social problem which requires equally careful and considered responses.

The Department of Health (previously the Department of Human Services) updated its 1995 elder abuse publication by launching With respect to age - 2009, Victorian Government practice guidelines for health services and community agencies for the prevention of elder abuse.

With respect to age – 2009 has broad multi sector and multi discipline application providing practical guidance for managers, workers and practitioners in health services and community agencies. The guide sits in the context of the Victorian Government elder abuse prevention strategy, and

  • suggests how to develop or review service or agency policies and procedures to respond to suspicion or allegation of elder abuse

  • supports the development or review of local interagency elder abuse protocols enabling cooperation between organisations when responding to such cases

  • provides a range of resources to strengthen service system response capacity.

With respect to age – 2009 targets workers supporting older people in:

  • health services such as hospitals, including emergency departments, rehabilitation, sub-acute and community health services including nursing, allied health and counselling services provided in the home and other community settings

  • community agencies such as local government, Victoria Police, not-for-profit organisations and private organisations including those who provide:
    • Home and Community Care (HACC) services

    • aged care services in people's home such as: Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) packages, Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD) packages; and respite and carers services

    • mental health services for older people

    • community legal aid services

    • family violence support services

    • services supporting older Aboriginal people

    • services supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

    • policing services.

In 2009 Australian Healthcare Associates provided 45 information sessions for workers in health services and community agencies who work with older people to support the roll out of the guide.

How to obtain hard copies of With respect to age - 2009

Hard copies of With respect to age - 2009 may be obtained from the Department of Health appointed distribution centre, Warehousing Fulfilment Distribution Solutions (WFDS), via email to: orders@wfds.com.au providing details of the quantity required and name and address for delivery.

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Last updated: 15 June, 2012
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