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Less talking, more action

Posted on 14/02/2018 by SuperUser Account
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Our client ADA Australia’s CEO Geoff Rowe recently spoke to Australian Ageing Agenda about the need for more action and less discussion when it comes to tackling elder abuse issues in Australia

There needs to be a united approach from aged care providers, banks, governing bodies, state and federal governments, advocacy organisations and the public to shift the current psyche from awareness to action and reform, writes Geoff Rowe.

Over the past twelve to eighteen months elder abuse has dominated headlines, highlighting just how prevalent the issue is.

While acknowledging recent resource commitments to better understanding the problem, our focus should be on finding tangible ways to minimise risk and reduce reported cases of abuse.

The current Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) process does nothing to fix the issue.

The systems created to provide protection have become the vehicles for abuse to be perpetrated. Currently, financial and health-related decisions are handed over to loved ones in ‘good faith’.

While most of these arrangements start out well-intentioned, a general lack of knowledge around the intricacies of the system and the powers awarded to the EPOA commonly create an environment that breeds greed and abuse.

Read more at AustralianAgeingAgenda.com.au