Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is committed to improving the wellbeing, safety and sense of fulfillment in older Australians by strengthening relationships, facilitating social connection, and reducing loneliness and isolation. Through our Senior Relationship Services, we work to prevent and provide support for those affected by elder abuse; an increasingly prevalent social issue affecting our ageing population.
RAV welcomed the opportunity to participate in the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference in Sydney on 19 and 20 February 2018, which focused on responses to and prevention of elder abuse.
Our Senior Manager Kew, and Business and Service Development, Mr Simon Curran, joined a panel discussion on elder abuse in the context of conflict and interpersonal relationships. In particular, the panel focused on the role and potential of mediation and other informal resolution processes when elder abuse is present.
RAV also presented a workshop and discussion on the organisation’s Steering the Right Path elder abuse education and prevention workshops, funded by the State Trustees Foundation, which are being delivered in workplaces and communities in metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas of Victoria.
We also attended an inaugural meeting of Elder Abuse Action Australia, a newly-funded peak body representing key community stakeholders in promoting policy reform and research in effective elder abuse prevention and intervention.
The conference was a valuable opportunity for services and those in the sector to discuss the issue of elder abuse, and share information on the services and reforms that can support older people and their families. Delegates were encouraged by a commitment from the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP, to develop a national Elder Abuse Response Plan in the next 12 months.
For more information, read RAV’s Elder Abuse Tip Sheet or find out about our Senior Relationship Services including our information and support groups.
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