- June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray is encouraging all Western Australians to think more about the welfare of older adults today (June 15) on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Western Australians are encouraged to wear something purple to highlight their awareness, as the State Government looks to foster greater understanding in the community of the prevalence of financial, psychological, physical and other mistreatment of older adults by people in positions of trust, often family.
Mr Murray convened Western Australia's inaugural elder abuse prevention summit this week, where 40 stakeholders from the seniors and ageing sector met to discuss elder abuse prevention, and help develop the State Government's approach to addressing the emerging issue.
It is estimated that about 75,000 older Western Australians are potentially suffering some form of elder abuse, with financial and psychological abuse making up the majority of reported cases in WA.
The State Government supports a range of elder abuse prevention and assistance services, including the Advocare Elder Abuse Helpline (1300 724 679) and the Older People's Rights Service in Mirrabooka (9440 1663) and Joondalup (9301 4413).
For more information about elder abuse awareness, visit http://www.advocare.org.au or http://www.nsclegal.org.au/legal-services/elder-law-services
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"One major issue with elder abuse is the widespread lack of understanding in the community about what it is and why it is so damaging for victims.
"Initiatives like World Elder Abuse Awareness Day are important in fostering community understanding, giving ordinary people insight into the emerging social issue.
"The McGowan Government is proud to be taking a leading role among the other States and Territories in addressing this issue, as we work alongside the Federal Government on the National Plan on Elder Abuse."
Minister's office - 6552 6400