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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder abuse has been defined by the World Health Organisation as 'a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which cases harm or distress to an older person'.

Elder abuse can take various forms, including: financial, physical, psychological, emotional or sexual. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect. No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse.

Elder abuse is a global issue that adversely affects the wellbeing and human rights of many older persons around the world. World elder abuse awareness day seeks to focus attention on the changes that are still needed in order to ensure elderly people are protected from harm and recognises the responsibility everyone has to uphold the rights of older people. 

If you are concerned about elder abuse you may want information, or the opportunity to talk to someone about your concerns, and options for getting help.  State and territory contact numbers for assistance are listed below:

  • ACT: Older Persons Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line (APRIL) – 02 6205 3535
  • NSW: NSW Elder Abuse Helpline  -1800 628 221
  • NT: Northern Territory Police -131 444
  • QLD: Elder Abuse Prevention Unit -1300 651 192
  • SA (Adelaide): Aged Rights Advocacy Service -08 8232 5377
  • SA (rural): Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse -1800 700 600
  • TAS: Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline -1800 441 169
  • VIC: Seniors Rights Victoria -1300 368 821
  • WA (Perth): Advocare Inc. -1300 724 679
  • WA (rural): Advocare Inc. - 1800 655 566