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New WA elder abuse strategy aims to stop older people falling victim to their own families

The WA Government started rolling out its new elder abuse strategy on Monday. It estimates up to 14 per cent of people older than 65 are or have been victims. Mirrabooka's Older People's Rights Service is one operation tackling the issue

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Protecting vulnerable Canberrans from abuse

Institutions and individuals who abuse, fail to protect, or neglect vulnerable people in their care will be committing an offence under new laws in the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT).

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Banks unite to help customers experiencing financial abuse

Australian banks are launching updated guidelines on financial abuse as part of their continued focus on responding to family violence and elder abuse. 

The updated industry-wide approach is designed to ensure bank staff are equipped to recognise signs of financial abuse. 

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Media Release – Banks call for consistent laws to prevent elder abuse

Australian Banking Association

Australian banks are urging state and territory governments to adopt consistent laws on powers of attorney to prevent elder financial abuse. 

State and federal Attorneys-General are meeting today to consider a scope for a national register of power of attorney instruments.   

The ABA is calling on governments across Australia to establish: 

  1. Power of Attorney laws which are the same across the country and protect people from this kind of abuse. 
  2. A National Power of Attorney (POA) register to check if POA documents are legitimate and current. 
  3. Somewhere to report abuse in each state that can investigate and act. 
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After years of discrimination, many LGBTQ people are 'terrified' of going into aged care

Following our recent webinar, LGTQIA65+: Equality for All, this ABC News article references one of our contributors, Claire Allen from ACON.

Key points:

  • The Royal Commission into Aged Care did not make any specific recommendations for the LGBTQIA+ community.
     
  • Advocates say residential care can be particularly frightening for the community, who have grown up with discrimination.
     
  • Volunteer visitor programs are trying to combat social isolation experienced by elderly members of the community.
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COVID 19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker

Check to see when you can book a COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. Groups of people get the vaccination at different times.

The groups are Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 2a, Phase 2b and Phase 3.

Answer the short survey to find out what group you are in. 

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ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing

Expressions of interest are now being sought for the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (the Council)

Assisting the ACT Government and the Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, the Council provides a link between the ACT Government and older Canberrans:

  • develop and implement positive ageing policies
  • advance the status and interests of older people in our community
  • consult with relevant community organisations and individuals to identify concerns and propose action.
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Final Report: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Elder Abuse Action Australia acknowledge and thank the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the many individuals who shared their stories. It’s now time for action to end ageism, discrimination and abuse of older people.

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The final report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care is being sent to the Government today. Below are two related media reports from this last week.

The Guardian Australia

The royal commission report should give the Australian government a plan to fix aged care. Will they act on it?

ABC: Q&A

On the eve of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Q+A asked: Are we failing our older citizens?

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Senior Australian of the Year for 2021

Congratulations to Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, Senior Australian of the year for 2021. She was recognised for her contribution to children’s education in the NT and her commitment to making Australia a better place. 

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