Elder Abuse Awareness

MODULE Information
The learning outcomes for this module are:
  • To develop an understanding of the concept of elder abuse including how it is defined and key issues in identifying elder abuse
  • to increase knowledge of the prevalence, impact and associated risk factors with elder abuse
  • to learn practical strategies of how to respond to elder abuse
  • to understand the implications for policy and practice in elder abuse
  • Training Points:  2 
  • Approximate Duration: 30 minutes
  • Quiz Questions: 4
  • Video time: 22 minutes


This webinar, presented by Adam Dean and Megan Frost in 2019 is an overview of the emerging evidence on the prevalence and risks associated with elder abuse, and discussed implications for policy and practice. It has a focus on what it is, emerging evidence on its prevalence, its effects and risk factors, and the implications for policy and practice.

Module Details

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Elder abuse has gained increasing attention in Australia over recent years, with several public inquiries highlighting the need to develop comprehensive and coordinated responses to address it. The abuse of older adults is often hidden, can take many forms and can occur in a range of contexts. In light of these complexities, it can be challenging for policy makers and practitioners to effectively respond to address elder abuse.

The presenters discussed some of the main challenges involved in responding to the complexities of elder abuse, including the need to work in coordinated and flexible ways to address the particular circumstances of older people and their families.

This approach was illustrated with a case example of an elder mediation and support service piloted by Relationships Australia NSW that aims to balance the rights, safety and participation of older adults in response to elder abuse.
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