Speaking at the recent World Elder Abuse Awareness Day conference organised by ARAS South Australia last month , Prof Rosalind Croucher notes in the past there has been a lack of hard data to drive policy, change and persuade government to commit money.
“We’ve procured evidence from a legal policy and the current aged care reviews add more from other perspectives,” she says. “There is a lot of momentum now; sometimes it take a crisis to take the action that will trigger change.”
The ALRC received 458 submissions from research groups, advocacy organisations, aged care providers, community organisations working with seniors and individual submissions – and she says she’s read every one of them. “I feel the pains of sons and daughters who raised a cohort of concerns about aged care, of siblings misusing power of attorney, financial and housing. I acknowledge all of the contributions made,” she says.
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