NEW ELDER ABUSE LAWS
New laws, unseen anywhere else in Australia, will be coming into effect in April 2021.
These laws will criminalize any neglect, violence or abuse inflicted against vulnerable people within the care of individuals or organisations.
The new laws will protect people aged 60 and over, as well as adults who have a disability.
These new changes means the Court can find it to be an offence if those who are responsible for the care of a vulnerable person.
They can be volunteers or paid employees or working for an institution, abuse or neglect vulnerable people.
Those who fail to protect will also be committing an offence.
IT’S ABOUT TIME
We put our trust in the people at aged care facilities and those who look after our vulnerable loved ones.
In some cases, that trust is abused because our loved ones are left to sit in front of a television for 8 hours straight, or not assisted when they ask for help, or not attended to when they have medical conditions.
Other forms of neglect can include psychological abuse, lack of mental stimulation or sub-standard living conditions.
WHAT TO DO?
With these new laws coming into effect, you will be able to seek better justice for you or your loved one and ensure the abuse or neglect stops.
If you or a loved one has not been given proper care, or if you’re not sure what counts as abuse, give us a call or drop by our offices in Fyshwick.
We can also come to you to give advice or assist in any way we can.
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