Alister Henskens Calls For Community To Speak Out Against Elder Abuse In Ku-ring-gai

Photograph of embarrassed or upset elderly woman
08 June 2017

Member for Ku-ring-gai, Alister Henskens SC MP, today urged people living in the Ku-ring-gai community to be more aware of elder abuse and take action to report and stop it. 

“15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and I ask everyone in our community to be aware of this serious issue,” Mr Henskens said.

“The abuse of older people is intolerable, and it’s up to everyone to play a part in stopping it occurring in our community.”

Mr Henskens confirmed that the NSW Government is committed to preventing elder abuse and improving safeguards for vulnerable older people, including continued delivery of the Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit.

“Every older person has a wealth of lived experience and we want to empower them to share this and be active participants in their communities,” Mr Henskens said.

The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit (EAHRU) is a state-wide, confidential and free-call service that provides information, advice and referrals for people experiencing or concerned about elder abuse. The Helpline is a key initiative of the first NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020, and has received more than $2 million in NSW Government support since March 2013.

Mr Henskens noted that the Elder Abuse Helpline is an important initiative that provides vital support for people at risk of elder abuse in the Ku-ring-gai area and across NSW.

“All too often incidents of elder abuse go unreported. If you see or hear something that isn’t right, don’t wait – tell someone or call the Helpline,” Mr Henskens said.

As at 31 December 2016, the Helpline has received more than 5,500 calls from people across NSW. Most calls relate to psychological or financial abuse and neglect. The EAHRU also plays an important role in increasing awareness of elder abuse throughout the community.

Anyone who witnesses, experiences or suspects elder abuse should call the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221.

Emergencies and more serious allegations should be reported to the NSW Police by calling 000.

For more information, go to http://www.elderabusehelpline.com.au/