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No release date for data on the prevalance of elder abuse in Australia

Published: 22 November 2021
  • national
  • 22 November 2021
  • The Senior

Seniors' advocates working to combat elder abuse, want to know why a vital prevalence study, originally due nine months ago has still not been been released.

Elder Abuse Action Australia says it's hard to understand why the Attorney General has not made public the data from the National Prevalence Study on the Abuse of Older People. It says the data is imperative to shaping the design and delivery of elder abuse services across the country, ensuring that communities of greatest need are supported. It is also necessary to provide the evidence base for further research, as it will assist in identifying gaps in knowledge and where to direct resources accordingly.

The National Prevalence Study on the Abuse of Older Peoplewas conducted last year by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. It was an important initiative identifed in the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023. The study involved a survey of 7,000 people aged 65 and over who live in the community (i.e. those who are not in residential aged care settings) examining experiences of elder abuse; and a survey of 3,500 people aged 18-64 years focusing on knowledge of elder abuse, attitudes to older people and the extent to which participants in the survey provide assistance to older people.