Each year 15 June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEAAD), intended to raise awareness of elder abuse internationally and highlight ways to challenge it. Marking this important date, we are releasing the Issues Paper for the ALRC Inquiry into Elder Abuse and Commonwealth Laws, an important Inquiry milestone.
IP47 is the first consultation document for the ALRC Elder Abuse Inquiry. We encourage individuals and organisations to make submissions in response to specific questions, or to any of the background material and analysis provided.
The closing date for submissions is 18 August.
The ALRC is keen to hear perspectives on Elder Abuse from diverse communities, and to that end has produced information about the Inquiry in 20 community languages.
We prefer to receive submissions via the online form on the ALRC website, but also accept submissions by post and email.
As part of its initial research for the Issues Paper, the ALRC has been speaking with organisations and experts—24 consultations to date—and attending relevant events and forums, including:
4th National Elder Abuse Conference 2016, Melbourne, 23 - 25 Feb 2016
QAILS / NACLC Research partnership roundtable, Brisbane, 1 June
2nd Annual Aged Care Law and Retirement Village Law Conference, Sydney, 7 June.
We thank everyone who has spoken with us and participated in this early stage of the Inquiry, and look forward to continuing consultations as the Inquiry progresses.
In coming weeks the ALRC will attend:
Improving Court Practice in Family Violence Cases, Melbourne, 16-17 June
International Federation of Ageing Conference at Brisbane, Brisbane 21-23 June
In addition, the ALRC Advisory Committee met on 13 May 2016 to offer valuable perspective on the Issues Paper. It will meet again towards the end of the year to consider proposals for reform that will be included in the Discussion Paper.