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New Zealand Needs To Invest In Elder Abuse Education And Prevention


Age Concern New Zealand are calling for funding to be
invested its vital elder abuse prevention and education
programmes which complement the Governments Elder Abuse
Response Service (EARS).

“The Elder Abuse Response
Service is great for supporting the victims of elder abuse,
but we need this same investment in education and prevention
of elder abuse, says Stephanie Clare, Chief Executive at Age
Concern New Zealand.

“We need to support our EARS
workforce with professional development and supervision and
educate New Zealanders to prevent this horrific abuse
happening in our families and communities across
Aotearoa.

“This work is in Age Concern New
Zealand’s DNA, we wrote the manual on best practice for
elder abuse neglect and prevention services, but we need to
have some certainty around funding, says
Stephanie.

“Age Concern New Zealand has funded this
work and the salary for our National Educator with
fundraising initiatives since government funding was cut for
a national coordination role in 2017. We would like to see
this investment reinstated.

“We are called on more
and more to provide our expertise in legislation, policy,
workforce support, and prevention education. Most recently
we have contributed on submissions, legislation and policy
guidelines that advocate for the right’s older adults for
the banking and telecommunications sectors, Police and
Community Law, MSD, Ministry of Justice, The Abuse in Care
Royal Commission, Joint Venture for Family Violence and
Sexual Violence, Government Inquiry into Mental Health and
Addiction and on the End of Life Choice and Palliative Care
Committee.

“We are experts in this field, we are
still doing the work, but we need to get funding to make
sure our workforce gets the support they need and to educate
our communities to spot the signs to prevent this
often-hidden abuse from happening, says
Stephanie.

“As a country we have an appalling track
record keeping older people safe from elder abuse and that
leaves a horrific impact on older adult’s lives, she
says.

Our work in this area shows 79% of
alleged abusers were family members, of which 56% were adult
children or grandchildren!

We want to make
sure everyone knows they have a duty to protect the rights
of older people to make their own decisions and choices and
prevent elder abuse. But many of us do not, especially with
our own family members.

This investment would help Age
Concern New Zealand change these appalling facts for many
older people.

If you can donate to support our work
this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day please go to our
website or givealittle
page
.

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