ALRC report: Elder abuse

The Australian Law Reform Commission today released its report 131 entitled Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response. A discussion of the role of health professionals begins at [11.6]. A discussion of the NDIS begins at [11.33].

The Report includes 43 recommendations designed to safeguard older people from abuse and support their choices and wishes through:

  • improved responses to elder abuse in residential aged care;
  • enhanced employment screening of care workers;
  • greater scrutiny regarding the use of restrictive practices in aged care;
  • building trust and confidence in enduring documents as important advanced planning tools;
  • protecting older people when ‘assets for care’ arrangements go wrong;
  • banks and financial institutions protecting vulnerable customers from abuse;
  • better succession planning across the self-managed superannuation sector;
  • adult safeguarding regimes protecting and supporting at-risk adults.

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