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The government has launched a four-year national plan to combat elder abuse through action in five priority areas including research, education, prevention and the strengthening of support services and safeguards.
New protections for seniors and ensuring nationally consistent laws to respond to elder abuse are among the key goals of a new national plan being developed by federal and state governments.
The Turnbull government has announced it will fund a national elder abuse prevalence study, increased training for professionals and the public and a new elder abuse peak body.
The government will next week release a key review into Australia’s laws protecting older people from abuse that could see sweeping changes to mandatory reporting of alleged assaults in aged care.
The federal government has released the ‘exposure draft’ of new, consolidated anti-discrimination legislation that looks set to advance the rights of many groups, including older people. The news has received the sector’s cautious support.
The Commonwealth may have announced a reform package, and is soon to take responsibility of HACC, but that does not give state and local governments permission to wash their hands of aged care, says NSW Minister for Ageing, Andrew Constance MP.