Date published: 
14 June 2019
Subscriber announcement
Intended audience: 
Health sector

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on 15 June 2019.

Older Australians are valued members of our society.

No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse, often referred to as 'elder abuse'. 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 .

Elder abuse can take various forms such as:

  • physical
  • psychological or emotional
  • sexual
  • financial.

It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.

The national 1800ELDERHelp line (1800 353 374) is available to anyone who wants to talk to someone about potential or actual elder abuse. This service provides information on how you can get help, support and referrals.

Find state and territory contacts and options for getting help on the My Aged Care website.