Welcome to Elder Abuse Action Australia

The Co-Chairs of Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), Russell Westacott and Diedre Timms, welcome you to this new organisation’s website. EAAA is the new national peak established to respond to and prevent elder abuse. EAAA is committed to:

  • Social justice and the rights of older people;
  • Respect for difference and inclusion;
  • Community collaboration to eliminate elder abuse;
  • Accountability and integrity;
  • Evidence based practice and research; and Innovation and forward-thinking.

EAAA was incorporated in May and commenced its first three months of funded operations on 1 July 2018. We’ve been focused on establishing all aspects of the organisation including branding, administrative processes, internal policies, and procuring a consultant for the development of the Knowledge Hub Feasibility Study for Elder Abuse.

Meet our Board Directors

Our Co-Chairs Diedre Timms (CEO Advocare, WA) and Russell Westacott CEO Seniors Rights Service NSW), and board members, Carolanne Barkla (CEO at Aged Rights Advocacy Service, SA) and Jenny Blakey (Manager, Seniors Rights Victoria at COTA (VIC) are the foundation directors of EAAA. Scott McDougall (former Director, Caxton Legal, Qld) has recently resigned due to a new appointment (see Congratulations and Thank You).

We will seek to fill the two other Board vacancies in the near future and intend to hold the first AGM at the next National Elder Abuse Conference in Brisbane in July 2019.

The Feasibility for a Knowledge Hub

The Attorney General’s Department has engaged EAAA to co-design a Feasibility Study for a Knowledge Hub on elder abuse. The Knowledge Hub is intended for consumers and industry and the report is due at the end of the year. EAAA will be consulting with key stakeholders in October and November to ensure we capture and understand the issues and requirements from older Australians, their families and carers, in addition to sectors who interface with older Australians.

More information on how, when and where this will be happening will be available on the website in the coming weeks and we encourage you to register your interest by completing the contact form.

The Important work of the Royal Commission

EAAA will share information on the Royal Commission as more is revealed but if you would like to stay up to date with information about the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, you can subscribe here.

Final Report of the Select Committee into Elder Abuse

The Select Committee into Elder Abuse (Committee) was established by motion in theLegislative Council on 13 September 2017. The Committee’s task during this 12 month inquiry has been to investigate elder abuse in Western Australia, along 10 broad areas of inquiry. Here is a link to the report. We look forward to the year ahead and building an organisation with a robust membership base to ensure EAAA truly becomes the national voice in regard to elder abuse in Australian society.

Warm regards,
Diedre Timms and Russell Westacott