Financial abuse of older South Australians will be the focus of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference in Adelaide today.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade has used his opening address at the conference to launch SA Health’s Stop Elder Abuse campaign.
“Eighty per cent of elder abuse in South Australia is committed by a family member and half of all cases are financial in nature,” Minister Wade said.
“With this campaign we are reaching out to the banking and real estate sectors, as their frontline staff are in prime position to pick up on unusual financial decisions that may not seem in the best interest of the older person involved.
“Financial abuse is often coupled with emotional abuse and it’s vital that older South Australians are supported – and feel supported – by everyone in the community.”
The campaign this year will have a particular focus on helping the banking and real estate sectors identify signs of elder abuse and ensure the wider community feels confident about where to go for advice.
Additionally, Minister Wade indicated he would introduce adult safeguarding legislation into Parliament in coming weeks.
“I encourage anyone with concerns to call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line or visit the Stop Elder Abuse website,” Stephen Wade said.
“As a leader in public health and wellbeing, the South Australian Government is following through on our commitment to develop legislation that will uphold the rights of vulnerable adults.”
The SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line Support and Referral Service can be reached on 1800 372 301 and more information can be found at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/stopelderabuse.