International Elder Abuse Expert to provide new insights for Australia
New York based International Elder Abuse expert Daniel Reingold, will address a gathering of NSW experts, with speakers including the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, the Hon. Gareth Ward MP, and Assistant Police Commissioner Max Maxwell, during a conference organised by Mark Moran Group today.
The conference at the Mark Moran Group Facility in Vaucluse will address the need for industry to elevate immediate action on elder abuse, which is endemic in Australia and across the globe.
The Australian Institute of Australian Studies has revealed that up to 14 percent of elderly people are abused in Australia each year.
The most common form of abuse is financial perpetuated by family members against their mothers with psychological abuse slightly less common.
With Australia’s elderly population set to significantly increase to unprecedented levels over the coming years and with complex multilayered systems of government and legislative frameworks there is a challenge ahead for governments, industry, communities and police.
Conference organisers, the Co-Founders of Australia’s most awarded retirement and aged care homes, Mark and Evette Moran said they are “terrified” by the hidden face of elder abuse.
Mark Moran said that despite the Royal Commission, best intentions and virtue signalling, we cannot continue to “kick the issue down the road, as a society we must own this, we must talk about it, we must workshop it, we must take responsibility, and the NSW Government has introduced historic reforms to help us do just that,” he said.
“This starts now, not as a result of a new horror story, but firstly with the individual, then the community and ultimately our society. The gathering today opens up the discussion on an international level, what we can learn and apply here to tackle the challenge and explore what we can do to prevent elder abuse in NSW,” said Evette Moran.
Other notable experts attending the conference include Katherine Greiner AO, NSW Retirement Village Ambassador, Adam Dent, CEO of the NSW Trustee and Guardian, Darryl Brown, Chair, National Elder Law & Succession Committee, Law Council of Australia, Kathryn McKenzie, Director Operations, NSW Ageing and Disability Commission, and Troy Speirs from Leading Age Services Australia.
Registration is open at 8:30am (see attached).