The announcement by the federal attorney general, Christian Porter, of a new initiative to crack down on elder abuse including a new national hotline and $18m over four years towards service trials to be running in every state and territory to support victims by the end of June.
The hotline aims to tackle cases of abuse including “threats to send elderly parents to an aged care centre, selling off the family home and using access to grandchildren as a blackmail tactic to get money”.
“To any older person who is out there thinking, ‘I’m not sure where my money is going, I don’t know what’s happening to my medication, I feel concerned that people are controlling my life’, that’s the number to ring and there will be people who are experienced to help them in their state or territory,” – Christian Porter, Federal Attorney General
A national study to determine how widespread the problem of elder abuse is has also been commissioned by the government and the issue is likely to be considered by the Royal Commission into aged care.
Source: Martin, L (2019, March 19). Coalition launches elder abuse crackdown and new national hotline. News Article
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