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November 18, 2011

Bid to Cut Elder Abuse (TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Bid to cut elder abuse
By DAVID KILLICK
November 17, 2011

BETTER publicising cases of elder abuse was an important step towards addressing the problem in Tasmania, Council On The Ageing Tasmania said yesterday.
Responding to a series of shocking cases detailed by the Guardianship and Administration Board, COTA chief Maxine Griffiths said better education was needed to help the community spot cases of abuse.
"Elder abuse is something we are very concerned about in the Tasmanian community and we call for additional resources to support advocacy and a helpline for those in need to contact," Ms Griffiths said.
A proposed helpline, advocacy and counselling service has fallen victim to State Budget cuts.
"It is important that as a community we support the right of older Tasmanians to be informed about how to recognise when they are being financially abused as we have seen in the cases published today," she said.


SOURCE:    The Mercury, Australia
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