A new three-episode podcast by comedian and social activist Rod Quantock OAM is not only raising awareness of elder abuse, but it is also challenging listeners on ageist and sexist attitudes and empowering older people to know their rights.
The podcast was created by Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership (SMPCP) Elder Abuse Prevention Network, who Monash Health Elder Abuse Liaison Officer, Selina Nivelle works closely with on referrals and support.
Between April and June this year Victoria Police reported, there were 508 incidents of family violence where the victim was 55 or over, an increase of more than 20 per cent from the same period in 2019. In 56.7 per cent of those incidents, an adult son or daughter was the perpetrator against at least one parent.
“Elder abuse within our community has large impacts on the health, wellbeing and independence of older people. Throughout this year older people in our community have been the most isolated and figures already indicate an increase in the use of support services and reports to Victoria Police. This podcast is a good way to educate yourself with elder abuse in a light but very informative way. I encourage you to have a listen in your spare time,” said Selina Nivelle.
Monash Health Family Violence Clinical Guideline also has some good information on the signs of elder abuse and further details on the process of responding to suspected elder abuse. If you aren’t sure what to do, secondary consultations are available – contact Monash Health’s Elder Abuse Liaison Officer, Selina Nivelle on 0431 453 950 or Selina.email@example.com
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