World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016. ‘Everyone has the Right to make their own Decisions and to be Safeguarded against Abuse’.

Today is World Elder abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), every year on the 15th of June the world joins in to voice it’s opposition to the abuse inflicted on the older people. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) Article 16, all persons with disabilities have the right to live free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. A major element of our mission at Capacity Australia is to support the actualization of this fundamental human right while ensuring that people with decision making disability can make the decisions that they are capable of making.

At Capacity Australia

We do this by promoting awareness raising and education across health, legal, financial and community sectors across Australia and internationally. In 2016, we are particularly focused on the financial sector to encourage the banks and other financial institutions, as well as financial service providers to develop training programs for their staff, to increase identification and prevention of financial abuse. Additionally, our focus in community education and awareness raising is on addressing ageism, often used to normalise elder abuse, and breaking down barriers to notification of abuse, particularly amongst culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.

we work together aiming at minimizing risk of financial abuse amongst the elder within the community including culturally and linguistically diverse community groups, through education increasing awareness and thereby preventing elder and financial abuse.

?We aim at –

    • Public awareness raising & de-stigmatization;
    • Awareness raising and education amongst financial, legal and health care professionals