Elder Abuse Action Australia and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department have launched Australia’s new website “Compass – Guiding action on elder abuse”. The website is the culmination of calls by organisations and individuals for a national knowledge hub on elder abuse.
Cybele Koning, CEO of Caxton Legal Centre and Elder Abuse Action Australia Board Member, describes the launch of Compass as “Australia taking a large step forward in tackling elder abuse, using an online gateway to raise awareness and provide information for older people, their families and the community about preventing and responding to the abuse of older Australians.”
“Being the first release version, it is anticipated the website will grow to include more resources especially for diverse communities and for frontline services supporting older people experiencing abuse,”
“What is very pleasing about the website is how it promotes older Australians as rights holders; their right to autonomy, independence, supports, services, and protections for lives free from violence, abuse, mistreatment and neglect.”
Caxton Legal Centre operates the Seniors Legal and Support Service, a specialist multidisciplinary service which provides legal and social work assistance to people who experience elder abuse.
Caxton also offers additional services targeted towards elders including a health-justice partnership, a retirement village legal service and a financial protections information service.
Media contact: Camielle Donaghey, Caxton Legal Centre (07) 3214 6333