Elder abuse - What's happening in South Australia?
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Stop Elder Abuse Campaign
The South Australian Government’s new Stop Elder Abuse Campaign – Speak Up. Know the Signs and Help Stop Elder Abuse, aims to raise the awareness of volunteers and carers of the rights of older people, what elder abuse is, how to recognise the signs, and encourage them to seek advice and support through the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line. It also seeks to reinforce the general community awareness campaign.
The Elder Abuse Can Be Stopped campaign was first launched by the Minister for Ageing in October 2015. It ran for six weeks from 19 October to 27 November 2015, and then again between 12 – 26 June 2016. The campaign was aimed at increasing awareness and responsiveness within the South Australian community, with resources targeting women over 40 years of age in a caring role in 2015 and people working in the health, legal and financial sectors in 2016. It featured media across digital, radio, press, bus shelters, doctor surgery waiting rooms and washrooms at major shopping centres.
In 2014-15, Office for the Ageing partnered with the University of South Australia to undertake a study on the prevalence of elder abuse in South Australia. Given the difficulties in obtaining data from key agencies to measure elder abuse prevalence, the study focussed on understanding the data collection practices of key government and non-government organisations, including recommendations for improving data collection practices in South Australia. The Prevalence of Elder Abuse in South Australia Report: Current Data Collection Practices of Key Agencies was finalised in February 2017.
Elder Abuse Prevention Resources
Safeguarding against elder abuse
A useful Carers SA resource funded by Office for the Ageing for paid and unpaid carers to recognise risk factors for elder abuse, and implement helpful strategies to prevent and minimise elder abuse.
- Safeguards for carers at risk (Carers SA website)
Safeguarding against financial abuse
Developed by Carers SA in partnership with Office for the Ageing this resource aims to raise awareness of paid and unpaid carers who manage finances of a person they care for, to recognise risk factors and implement safeguards to help prevent or stop financial abuse.
- Safeguards against financial abuse (Carers SA website)
Knowing Your Rights – A Guide to the Rights of Older South Australians
Knowing Your Rights – A Guide to the Rights of Older South Australians (PDF 1MB) has been developed by Office for the Ageing and Legal Services Commission to assist older South Australians to understand their rights, the laws that protect and safeguard these and where they can access services and information.
Living a Positive Life
Funded by the Office for the Ageing, Living a Positive Life comprises two short films developed by the Aged Rights Advocacy Service. The films demonstrate how older South Australians, including older people from Aboriginal communities, can increase their safety, control over their lives, and knowledge of strategies to prevent elder abuse.
Good Practice Guidelines to Prevent Abuse of Older South Australians
Developed by Office for the Ageing, the Good Practice Guidelines are a five step practical tool to help organisations identify, develop and implement action plans to improve elder abuse practice, policies and protocols.
South Australia’s Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line
Since its establishment in October 2015, the South Australian Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line has received hundreds of calls from concerned older people, family members, friends and service providers, seeking information, support and referrals for elder abuse concerns.
Planning Ahead - Keeping our communities informed
Following the inaugural launch of Planning Ahead day in September 2014, OFTA has continued to distribute and promote the Planning Ahead key messages and resources to the community, key stakeholders, and service providers. In 2015-16 the focus is on on culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including Greek, Italian and Vietnamese, as well as regional communities.
To download resources visit: Planning Ahead
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