Elder Abuse Inquiry | enews | Issue 3

Elder Abuse and the Law – Webinar 

On 14 July 2016, Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, will be guest speaker for the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit. She will be discussing the ALRC’s Elder Abuse Inquiry and what this means for service providers. The webinar will also provide an opportunity for service providers to share their experiences with us.
Date: 14 July 2016 at 11am-12noon
To Join: https://ucqld.webex.com/ucqld/j.php?MTID=m7e30cc7de0f02fa67d99c0f27963ecd7

Reminder: submissions due 18 August

IP47 is the first consultation document for the ALRC Elder Abuse Inquiry. We encourage individuals and organisations to make submissions in response to specific questions, or to any of the background material and analysis provided.

The closing date for submissions is 18 August. 

We prefer to receive submissions via the online form on the ALRC website, but also accept submissions by post and email. 

CALD perspectives

Older people from non-English speaking backgrounds may be more vulnerable to elder abuse as a result of not being fluent in English or not being able to access information or services. For recent migrants, this can be exacerbated by the loss of informal support networks. There may also be cultural factors that affect the way elder abuse is perceived and responded to in different communities.

The ALRC is keen to hear perspectives on Elder Abuse from diverse communities, and to that end has produced information about the Inquiry in 20 community languages. We encourage people to distribute these through their networks.

IFA 2016 | Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse

On 23 June 2016, Professor Rosalind Croucher spoke at the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference about the ALRC’s Elder Abuse Inquiry. An audio recording and transcript of her presentation are now available on the ALRC website.

Ongoing consultation

Since the release of the Issues Paper on 15 June, the team has been consulting widely with stakeholders on the matters it raises. The ALRC has recently recruited new legal officers into the team, and we will be heading to Melbourne and Canberra for consultations towards the end of July, once they have joined us.