NSW Elder Abuse Helpline funding

Additional funding is to be provided for the New South Wales Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit, which has received more than 4,000 calls since it was created.


To recognise the third anniversary of the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit, the NSW Government has provided an additional $60,000 to expand ‘train the trainer’ program, as well as offer to support more research into the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia.


The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit is a confidential, free service that provides information, advice and referrals. The Helpline was a key initiative of the first NSW Ageing Strategy and has received more than $2 million in NSW Government support since it was created in March 2013.


Since it was created the Helpline has received more than 4,000 calls. It receives over 100 calls a month mostly from family members and service providers. Most calls relate to psychological or financial abuse and neglect.


The increaased funding will mean 18 more training sessions across NSW in 2016, including 12 in regional areas and six in metropolitan areas.


An Australian Institute of Family Studies report released by the Commonwealth last week found elder abuse can significantly increase the risk of untimely death and the perpetrators are most commonly family members, making reporting a complex issue.


Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said the NSW Government also supports the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner The Hon Susan Ryan AO’s proposal for a national study into the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia and has offered more than $50,000 for the project.


“The abuse of the elderly often goes unreported, but the consequences can be severe. We need a clearer picture of what’s going on, so we can provide the right services and supports to better protect older people.


If you see or hear something that isn’t right, tell someone or call the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221.


For more information, go to www.elderabusehelpline.com.au.


2 March 2016.