Developing an Australian definition of abuse of older people

Elder abuse
Wednesday 25 July, 1130 – 1150

Presenters

Rachel Carson
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Briony Dow

Luke Gahan

Lixia Qu
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Abstract
The abuse of older people is a significant issue of concern in Australia but at present, there is no agreed, nationally applicable definition of elder abuse.
Following the release of the final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry, Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse in 2017, the Australian Government AGD commissioned research aimed at improving the evidence base. This paper will outline the findings of Component 1 of the Elder Abuse National Research program which involves the development of a rigorous definition of abuse of older people for application in the Australian context. This research, which was undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the National Ageing Research Institute, builds on earlier AIFS research and informs additional components of the Elder Abuse National Research program that involve the design and delivery of instruments to test the proposed definition of elder abuse and analysis of existing data sets.