Responding to the Abuse of Older People (Elder Abuse) Policy

Applicable to: Health Service Providers, excluding Health Support Services and PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA


Older people are significant users of health and disability support services. Early identification of clients who are vulnerable to elder abuse can result in an increase in their safety and health outcomes. Thus, health professionals are well placed to identify and respond to a person experiencing elder abuse.

The purpose of this Policy is to:

  • ensure consistent standards for relevant Health Service Providers with regard to identifying and responding to elder abuse
  • support early detection of elder abuse
  • reduce incidences of elder abuse.

Date of effect: 03 September 2019

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