Senior man walking down the hall of an aged care home

Aged care staff urgently need training to report and prevent sexual assault

Published: 26 October 2021
  • vic
  • 26 October 2021
  • Monash University

An estimated 50 sexual assaults occur nationally every week in Australian residential aged care facilities. Despite this shocking figure, none of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s 148 recommendations released earlier this year specifically address the prevention of sexual violence.

Our recent study, published in the International Journal of Older Persons Nursing, found two-thirds of aged care staff in the past 12 months had received no training in the prevention of sexual violence. Staff confirmed aged care approved providers often don’t have dedicated or specific procedures to prevent or manage incidents.

Failing to combat sexual violence in aged care homes demonstrates an apathy towards older survivors and reinforces the existing difficulties faced by older people to achieve a basic human right – to live free from sexual violence.