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Multigenerational workforces: a guide to the rights of older workers under the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth) (2019)

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Elder abuse

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Elder abuse has been defined by the World Health Organisation as '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'.

Elder abuse can take various forms, including: financial, physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, or neglect. No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse.

Calls for urgent action on elder abuse

Governments across the country will tomorrow be called on to work together and take immediate action to combat elder abuse at the Council of Attorneys-General meeting in Adelaide.

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson wants the Council to outline its plan and to include nationwide standards for powers of attorney to ensure that they are not mis-used.

“Elder abuse is a blight on our society. Older Australians do not have time on their side, they need immediate action from Governments at state and federal levels,” said Dr Patterson.

Attorneys-General Need to Act on Elder Abuse

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson is calling on the Council of Attorneys-General to agree to take immediate action on elder abuse at their meeting tomorrow to develop a timetable outlining its action plan. 

“Elder abuse is a blight on our society.  Older Australians do not have time on their side, they need immediate action from Governments at state and federal levels,” said Dr Patterson.

Commissioner Patterson is calling for powers of attorney to be standardised across the country to help ensure that they are not mis-used.

Older Australians boosting the economy

Older Australians are spending longer in the workforce than ever before, but all too often their contribution is overlooked. Today, as we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, the Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on all Australians to recognise the incredible benefits older people offer our society, culture, the economy and so much more.
 

International Day of Older Persons

The International Day of Older Persons is an opportunity to consider the contribution made by older Australian workers and the importance of creating age friendly workplaces.
 
The percentage of Australians aged 65 and over in the labour force doubled between 2000 and 2015 - and 20% of people over 70 are still working. We need to continue this trend so individuals can contribute and continue to earn money to support their retirement years.
 

Age Discrimination Commissioner launches campaign in Tasmania

Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, will be travelling around Tasmania this week with COTA Tasmania’s CEO, Sue Leitch, to launch an educational bookmark to raise awareness of elder abuse and talk about the rights of older Tasmanians.
 
In collaboration with COTA Tasmania and other organisations, Dr Patterson will distribute the bookmark to urban and regional centres.

Age discrimination campaign underway in Tasmania

Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, will be travelling around Tasmania this week with COTA Tasmania’s CEO, Sue Leitch, to launch an educational bookmark to raise awareness of elder abuse and talk about the rights of older Tasmanians.
 
In collaboration with COTA Tasmania and other organisations, Dr Patterson will distribute the bookmark to urban and regional centres.