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The Elder Abuse Helpline promotes the right of older people to live free from abuse. It was established in 1997 to provide a state-wide service to respond to the abuse of older people in Queensland. It operates under UnitingCare Community and is funded by the Department of Communities.

For further information please phone 1300 651 192 or contact us online.

 

Community Education

  • CPD Accredited training with Australian Community Workers Association - 1.5hr = 1 PD point.
    http://www.acwa.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=185337
  • FREE information and awareness sessions for seniors groups throughout Queensland. If you are interested in booking a session please call our Helpline.
  • FREE training for service providers working with older people. Please contact the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit for topic details and/or to book a session.
  • Rural and remote services who would like to organise training are encouraged to contact the EAPU and negotiate sessions to ensure they receive the times and dates they would like.  Membership of the multidisciplinary Peer Support Network (PSN) is available  for rural and remote workers.  PSN members recieve priority for training when regional travel is booked and for webinar participation.
  • For services in the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas, please contact us at your  convenience if you wish to organise a  session.

 

EAPU OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CLOSURE

The EAPU will be closed from Saturday 24 December 2016 until 2 January 2017.  We will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

 

Elder Abuse - Discussion Paper released

The ALRC released a second consultation document for the Elder Abuse Inquiry—Elder Abuse (DP 83) —on 12 December 2016. The Discussion Paper includes 43 proposals for law reform. Key proposals have been made concerning powers of investigation for public advocates and public guardians; enduring powers of attorney and enduring guardianship; family agreements; banking; aged care; and social security. The ALRC is calling for submissions from organisations and individuals. Submissions are due to the ALRC by the 27 February 2017.

The DP has attracted strong media interest, on television, radio, and online. See ALRC in the media – 2016  >>

The ALRC will be conducting a further round of consultations in February in the lead-up to the closing date for submissions.

The ALRC’s final report is due to the Attorney-General at the end of May 2017.

 

Queensland Police Services Open Doors, Act Now, Break the Cycle Project

The new project, Open Doors. Act Now, Break the Cycle, was developed by Logan District Police and seeks to educate the CALD community in areas of domestic and family violence through the use of an educational video that has been translated into eight predominant languages in the Logan community: English, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kirundi, Mandarin, Tamil and Vietnamese.

The video includes information on domestic violence, police involvement, court processes and support services and will be disseminated to the CALD community through local stakeholders including Access Community Services, MultiLink Services Incorporated and the Logan City Council.

 

 

Domestic Violence Videos by Queensland Courts

Queensland Courts have published a series of videos explaining the court process for making domestic violence orders.

If you are applying or responding to a domestic violence order, there is information here for you.

Domestic Violence Orders are part of a strategy to protect the safety of all members of our community and to stop the violence.

 http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/courts/magistrates-court/domestic-and-family-violence/domestic-violence-videos

 

 

There's No Excuse for Elder Abuse Campaign

The Queensland Government through the running an Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign to raise awareness of the issue in Queensland.

There is lots of useful information on the campaign website as well as a striking video.

Campaign Video

About the Campaign

Campaign Resources

 

 

Recently Added:

2015-2016 Highlights Report

The Highlight Report is a condensed summary of the key statistics collected - download.

 

2014-2015 Year in Review and Highlights Report

The latest EAPU Year in Review is now available for download.  The report includes a thorough analysis of elder abuse as captured through our helpline.  Calls to the helpline are anonymous and only non-identifiable data is collected. 

The Highlight Report is a condensed summary of the key statistics collected - download.

 

Donate to the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit

Click the link below and choose "Elder Abuse Prevention" from the "I would like to make a donation to" drop-down list.

http://uccdonations.gofundraise.com.au/cms/uccdonations

Definition

"Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”

The Elder Abuse Prevention Unit is funded by the Queensland Government and auspiced by UnitingCare Community.