New legislation has been introduced into State Parliament aimed at further preventing abuse of older Tasmanians.
The Powers of Attorney Amendment Bill 2013 and the Guardianship and Administration Amendment Bill 2013 are initiatives of the Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy.
They allow a person granted Power of Attorney over an elderly person's financial affairs cannot gain personal wealth at the expense of, without the consent or knowledge of, the older person.
A component of the Strategy is the Elder Abuse Prevention Helpline, launched in August 2012 with over 194 cases reported up to June 2013.
Data from the Helpline shows the main types of Elder Abuse are psychological and emotional, closely followed by financial abuse.
Other highlights of the strategy include:
- The development of the Tasmanian Government practice guidelines for government and non-government employees to ensure frontline staff are aware of the signs of elder abuse, and referral pathways;
- Staff training to ensure people are referred to the correct support services.
Anyone who is concerned about elder abuse should contact the Helpline at Advocacy Tasmania on free call 1800 441 169 or visit www.elderabuse.tas.gov.au