Elder Abuse – Core Learning


Elder abuse happens in all communities and is on the rise in Australia. It is far more common than people think or acknowledge.

It can be a single act or can be repeated. It can be neglecting to do something that ought to be done and it can be deliberate or unintentional.

This module provides training on what elder abuse is, the main forms it takes, and what the appropriate response is.

Who is this module for?

Everyone working in an Aboriginal health service requires annual training on working with vulnerable people.

This module is targeted at those requiring core learning in elder abuse. There is an advanced module for those who are directly involved in the delivery of client care services to older clients (for example, nurses, doctors, Aboriginal health practitioners, managers).

People who this module may be appropriate for are:

  • Some program workers
  • Receptionists
  • Administration or corporate service staff
  • Drivers
  • Environmental health workers
  • Gardeners and cleaners

If you work in direct client care or are a clinician or manager, please consider undertaking the advanced module.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Describe the common forms of elder abuse.
  • Know the common signs or elder abuse.
  • Identify when elder abuse may be occurring.
  • Know what to do if elder abuse is suspected.

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