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Preventing Financial Abuse

Financial abuse is a common form of elder abuse. Discover more about how it happens and what you can do to prevent and respond to this type of abuse.

Last updated: 21 April 2022
Dr Kay Patterson

Financial elder abuse and the importance of enduring documents by The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO

During my term as Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner, I have chosen to focus on three priority areas—age discrimination and the workforce, older ...

Preventing Financial Elder Abuse Webinar

Compass held a webinar on financial elder abuse with The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Christine Cupitt, Brian Herd, Daniel Coase and moderator, Caroline Baum.

The panel discussed the major risk factors connected with financial elder abuse and ways people can seek help to either prevent or respond to financial elder abuse. They also covered current laws across Australia and if they are fit-for-purpose to respond to financial elder abuse, along with the role banks have a role to play to prevent or reduce financial abuse.

The Hon Dr Kay Patterson – Panelist

Brian Herd - Panelist

Christine Cupitt - Panelist

Daniel Coase - Panelist

Caroline Baum - Moderator

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Preventing Financial Elder Abuse

It’s estimated that one in five older Australians will experience some form of financial abuse in their lifetime (ABS). Financial elder abuse is the theft or misuse of an older person’s money, assets or property. Learn how to prevent yourself or someone you know from suffering financial elder abuse.

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