On the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June), Australia’s peak age services body, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) reaffirms its position as a strong advocate for the delivery of safe, quality care.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said in an era when the world’s population is collectively ageing, it is vital we safeguard our vulnerable elderly against abuse.

Mr Rooney said LASA and its Member age services providers support a multi-disciplined approach to ensure that there is strong community awareness of and timely and effective responses to elder abuse.

“LASA will continue to advocate for improved systems and mechanisms to end elder abuse, and do what we can to support providers and the wider community in identifying and preventing elder abuse.”

“Elder abuse can involve physical, psychological or financial abuse and is a community issue that needs to be spoken about if we are to increase awareness and prevention,” Mr Rooney said.

“Our community must have zero tolerance towards elder abuse.

“We all have a role to play in identifying, empowering people and ending elder abuse.”

Go here for more information about World Elder Abuse Day.

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