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REACH OUT AND RECONNECT: Do you know someone at risk of elder abuse?

Here is a story run in the Port Stephens Examiner this week.

Following a six-month trial in other parts of the state an Aged Crime Prevention Officer (ACPO) was implemented in the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District in September this year.

Senior Constable Krystle Wilcox was appointed to the role to educate and liaise with the community on not just issues surrounding elder abuse but also disability and homelessness.

The story connected with our interview on Compass with Dr Elizabeth McEntyre, a Worimi and Wonnarua woman whose Country spans Port Stephens, the Great Myall Lakes, the Barrington Tops and the Hunter Valley in NSW. She is a straight-talking advocate and agitator for Aboriginal Communities, and now doing work which she believes has the most impact. Read more of the interview with Elizabeth.

All Australians Called Upon to End Elder Abuse

Compass launches a national campaign this week to raise awareness of elder abuse. The campaign includes print and radio advertising and an extensive online and search campaign that features this video.

Compass Webinar Series: Preventing Financial Elder Abuse

Compass focuses attention on a specific area of elder abuse each month and in August it’s through our Guest Editor Program. This month the Compass Guest Editor is the Age Discrimination Commissioner, The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO.

Kay has written an insightful article on Preventing Financial Elder Abuse and the Importance of Enduring Documents, that you can read here. Kay will also headline a free webinar on Preventing Financial Elder Abuse on Friday 21 August at 12.30pm AEST. You can register here.

Elder abuse likely on the rise during COVID-19

Last Wednesday, an Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN) webinar about elder abuse highlighted that the abuse of older Australians has likely increased since the start of COVID-19.

Jenny Blakey, Board Member and Chair of Advisory Group at Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and Manager of Seniors Rights Victoria, was a panellist at this webinar, saying there was a big cause for concern for older people who are likely self-isolating and staying away from their support networks.

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Concerns COVID-19 lockdown could prompt rise in elder abuse

An ABC News interview with Jenny Blakey, Board Member and Chair of Advisory Group at Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and Manager of Seniors Rights Victoria says a possible increase in elder abuse is her biggest concern.

COVID-19 Guide for Providers of in home aged care – 3 April 2020

A guide to assist Home Care and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Providers who provide care to older people living at home is now available on thedepartment’s website. This guide provides information and guidance on how to stay safe from COVID-19 including how providers can prepare their organisation, equipment and resources, and how staff and clients can manage COVID-19.

Other resource are available to assist the sector including online training modules and a collection of guides and fact sheets. These are being updated as the situation evolves.

Important information on COVID-19 – 2 April 2020

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most at risk, it is important that you take the recommended steps to protect yourself and others. Read more on How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources for older Australians 

Coronavirus can be more serious for older Australians, but we can help to protect those most at risk. An information sheet for older Australians, their family and friends about how to protect older Australians from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read More on Coronavirus (COVID-19) information or Watch this video to learn more

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – frequently asked questions

 

The Guardian Australia, 2 April 2020

Groceries, telehealth and pharmaceuticals: how older Australians can get help at home

Older Australians are highly vulnerable to Covid-19 but new and existing services are available to help them stay healthy, stay sane, and stay home.

On Sunday the federal government strongly recommended that people over 70 should go into self-isolation – meaning they should avoid contact with anyone outside their home, and should leave the home only if absolutely necessary.

For older Australians, many of whom are not used to ordering groceries or pharmaceuticals online, this presents logistical challenges.

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