NARI pushes ahead with elder abuse research

NARI continues to push ahead with its research into elder abuse. This year, through funding from the State Trustees Australia Foundation Elder Abuse Prevention and Response grants program, the team will engage community health workers, carers and other health professionals to determine the most effective existing elder abuse screening tool.

The $50,000 project will also produce guidelines on the use of the tool, including direction for what to do next and where to seek help and support.

State Trustees Executive General Manager Melanie Lewis believes this is the first time in Australia that a grants program has focused solely on elder abuse. The response demonstrated an emerging area of need within the community.

NARI continues its lead role in bringing together a roundtable to identify gaps and actions to combat elder abuse in Victoria.

The next workshop will see representatives from advocacy, legal, research, local government, aged and health care service providers come together to develop the action plan. Gandel Philanthropy has funded the project.

The workshops are aimed at engaging key stakeholders; discussing and gaining endorsement of the findings and recommendations from the draft plan; and co-designing realistic and achievable steps to realise the recommendations.

NARI Director, Associate Professor Briony Dow, said the finalised plan is likely to include priorities that are based on the likelihood of having immediate and profound impact for older people at risk of or experiencing elder abuse.