This report discusses the responsibilities of New South Wales health organisations in terms of the duty of care they possess. The report outlines key legislation and protocols for staff, service provides and professionals in connection with their reporting obligations when responding to elder abuse.
This Policy Directive sets out the NSW Health requirements for identifying and responding to abuse of older people. This includes the responsibility of NSW Health organisations to develop and implement local protocols and provide staff training. The Policy Directive outlines what staff should consider when identifying and responding to abuse of older people such as capacity, consent, and diversity of older people. The attachments in the Policy Directive include resources to support NSW Health organisations develop their own protocols to identify and respond to abuse of older people.