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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Older People

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


An older person who is experiencing family violence is often described as experiencing ‘elder abuse’.”

The Victorian report of the Elder Abuse Prevention project (Strengthening Victoria’s Response to Elder Abuse, December 2005) defines elder abuse as:-
“Any act occurring within a relationship where there is an implication of trust, which results in harm to an older person.”

Abuse may occur as a result of ignorance or negligence or it may be deliberate. Some forms of abuse are criminal acts, i.e. sexual and physical abuse.
Abuse is typically carried out by family members, in particular adult children, upon whom the older person is dependent for care and/or accommodation.

Source: Elder Abuse Toolkit, Eastern Community Legal Centre, 2013


Age positive language guide - Strategies for combatting ageism through age positive language

About this resource: National Aging Research Institute (NARI) have developed an age positive language guideThe guide provides practical examples of how words, phrases, and images can better portray older people and combat ageism, particularly in research.

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners   

Elder Abuse Toolkit

About this resource: The Eastern Community Legal Service have produced an Elder Abuse toolkit.   

The aims of the toolkit are to: 

  • Build awareness and understanding about elder abuse by professionals  
  • Encourage more effective reporting and responses to elder abuse  
  • Ensure that appropriate policies, protocols and referral frameworks are in place  
  • Support the rights and choices of older people  

Important note
It is highly recommended that this toolkit be read in conjunction with the following document, produced by the Victorian State Government: ‘With Respect to Age – 2009. Victorian Government Practice Guidelines for Health Services and Community Agencies for the Prevention of Elder Abuse’

This document can be viewed or downloaded online at:
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/agedcare/publications/respect/index.htm#download

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners working with older people.  

Support for older people

About this resource:

 HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE (HACC)  

The HACC program, offers a wide range of basic home maintenance and in-home care services that enable older people to remain living independently in their own.  

https://agedcareonline.com.au/2016/12/HACC-Home-and-Community-Care  

MY AGED CARE  

Continuum of support for older people to remain living independently at home or access supported accommodation options.  

https://agedcareonline.com.au/2016/12/HACC-Home-and-Community-Care   

AGED CARE ASSESSMENT SERVICE (ACAS)  

The Aged Care Assessment Service is a government-funded service which provides assessment services for older persons who are no longer managing to live independently without assistance. ACAS can also provide information and referral to service agencies and local government departments working or liaising with vulnerable older people.   

CONTACT DETAILS:  

Inner East ACAS – 9881 1875 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)  

Outer East ACASS – 9764 6390 (Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm) 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with older people.

Dementia Australia

About this resource: Dementia Australia website has information about Dementia for older people and their families. This includes Help sheets, videos and resources for First Nations Community and more. 

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with people with dementia.

About Dementia - A help sheet produced by Dementia Australia

About this resource: The ‘About Dementia’ Help Sheet provides information about dementia and some of its most common forms. It describes early symptoms and the importance of speaking with a health
profession to investigate any changes to memory, thinking or behaviour.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with older people.  

Diagnosing Dementia - A help sheet produced by Dementia Australia

About this resource: This help sheet provides information about the early signs of dementia, how dementia is diagnosed, and the importance of an early and correct diagnosis.

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with older people.  

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