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Our Nation's Shame

Our nation's shame; Sector-led engagement in the next National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians

A diverse group of organisations and peak bodies have committed themselves to the goal of ending elder abuse and neglect of older people. Together, we have produced this document to inform a new National Plan that will be effective, achievable and targeted.

Our work is underpinned by a goal of reducing the prevalence of abuse and neglect of older people to zero, with the message that there is no tolerable level of elder abuse or neglect. The sector sees value in a ten-year plan (with shorter-term action plans to guide implementation and accountability) that involves a whole-of-government approach across the three tiers of government. To support a holistic and integrated framework for policy and programme development, the sector wants to see a plan designed around foundation principles drawn from the National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study and the four pillars described in the draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children.