FREE World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Webinar Series

The EAPU is hosting a webinar series during the month of June to coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015.

LGBTI Elders - guest presenter Ricki Menzies from QuAC
9 June from 1.30 - 2.30pm
With the release of the LGBTI Ageing and Aged care strategy in 2012 and the amendments to the sex discrimination act 2013 to remove the loophole for faith based services to discriminate against people accessing services based on sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, LGBTI Elders have come onto the radar of aged care services across the country. This presentation will explore who LGBTI elders are, their lived experiences of discrimination and how this has impacted on their health and ability to access services.
To listen to the session recording click the link:

Advocacy in Elder Abuse - guest presenter Anna Harrington
16 June from 1.30 - 3pm
This session will include information regarding residents’ rights and responsibilities, the role of the advocate and how QADA can assist in supporting and representing individuals who receive Queensland Community Care and Commonwealth funded aged care services. It will also provide a brief overview of how QADA can assist adults with guardianship and administration matters.
To listen to the session recording click the link:

Aged Care Assessment Teams - guest presenters Leesa Elliott and Jodi-Anne Kairl
23 June from 1.30 - 2.30pm
The Aged Care Assessment Program commenced inthe mid 1960's to address the issue of the inappropriate placement of older people into residential facilitates.  The role of the program is to assess the needs of frail older people, ensure older people from special needs target groups have equitable access to ACAT services, ensure access is based on need, prevent premature or inappropriate admission to aged care homes, help  frail older people live in the community they wish.  The objective of the webinar will be to give the audience a better understanding of the processes the Aged Care Assessment Teams follow to meet the needs of the older person. 
To listen to the session recording click the link:

Aboriginal Perspectives on Elder Abuse - guest presenter Aunty Ruth Hegarty
24 June from 1.30 - 2.30pm
     This will be a different style of presentation and will rely on participants (workers) who are facing difficulties in engaging rural Aboriginal people, families and communities to put questions to Aunty Ruth Hegarty.
     Aunty Ruth is a Gungurri traditional owner and Elder whose family volunteered to migrate to Barambah Aboriginal Settlement (known today as Cherbourg) in 1930 at the time of the great depression. Aunty Ruth has strong historical links to Wakka Wakka country as Aunty spent many years growing up in the girl’s dormitory in Cherbourg.  Aunty Ruth is a strong advocate for her people and at the age of 85 years young, Aunty Ruth continues her work today in the community.
     Participants will be asked to email their questions to prior to the session and also type in questions during the session via the webinar facilities.
     Aunty Ruth has provided a bio which is available as a download from the website.
To read Aunty Ruth's Bio click here.   
To listen to the session recording click the link:

Helpline, training and awareness services

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.


Currently attending forum in Bundaberg Qld and have just watched a very powerful video recognising the value, wisdom and courage of our older Australians. Well done you!! As a student of Impact studying aged care  certificate 3 here in Bundaberg I look forward to meeting and caring for our treasured elders, like those represented so beautifully in your presentation 
Attendee feedback on an EAPU presentation – 2014 Seniors Forum - Bundaberg, 18th March 2014


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Getting ready for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15
EAPU has some resources available for people, groups and organisations who would like to start planning an event or function for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) that is coming up on the 15th June. 

Call to Action Poster - click here
Information Sheet - click here
Your Event Poster Template - click here

For more information, tips and ideas visit or call the Helpline on 1300 651 192

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference
Aged Rights Advocacy Service is hosting their annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference on June 16 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  EAPU's Ceallaigh Spike will be presenting at the conference.  For more information and how to register click here.

4th Elder Abuse National Conference 2016
Seniors Rights Victoria are hosting the 4th Elder Abuse National Conference in Melbourne between 23 and 25 February 2016.  Keynote speakers are Prof Marie Beaulieu from Sherbrooke University, Canada, and Dr Jacki Berman from New York City Department of the Aging.  For more information and to register visit the conference website

Queensland Focus - April 2015
The first edition of the EAPU Queensland Focus newsletter is now available.  Feature articles include a brief overview of the UnitingCare Community submission to the Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce; E-Volunteer update and new services and from Victims Assist.  To access the newsletter click here.

UnitingCare Community submission to the Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce on elder Abuse
The UnitingCare Community's Elder Abuse Prevention Unit prepared a submission for the Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce chaired up by, former Governor General, Dame Quentin Bryce.  The submission raised issues including the cost of elder abuse and the need for a targeted and coordinated approach to prevention, the need for existing legislation to be reviewed and strengthened and a prevalence study to identify a baseline for service delivery and impact of services on the elder abuse.  Click here to read the full submission.


New Research

      • Report on Sexual abuse and older women - Click here for more information

        La Trobe researchers have published a ground breaking study on sexual assault against older women.  The three year study is the first and most comprehensive of its kind.

        The report findings and recommendations will be presented to government and the sector for direct action.   

      • Preventing Financial Abuse of Older People with Dementia - Click here for more information

        The financial abuse of people with dementia is a concern to Alzheimer's Australia NSW with staff hearing about numerous cases. This research was conducted to examine how the abuse occurs and what can be done to prevent or reduce the incidence of it.

        Preventing financial abuse of people with dementia (PDF 1MB)


Training and Awareness

  • 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 people who live in the community. 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 is available  for rural and remote workers and three PSN teleconferences are conducted throughout the year.
  • 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.

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.


"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.