Exposing Elder Abuse

55m of CPD
Darren Wake
24 May 2016

This Course enables health professionals to expose elder abuse and explore how it may manifest. Strategies to manage suspected elder abuse are also addressed.


Describe elder abuse and common causes


Describe the different types of elder abuse


Explain nursing obligations for reporting suspected elder abuse in Australia


Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system.


Vicki Simms21 Sep 2018
Excellent, really relevant to the every day lives of our beautiful elderly people, a lot to learn

Kathryn Stickney20 Sep 2018
An excellent overview of this difficult issue

Teresa Gildea20 Sep 2018
Thank you for this presentation, it was clear and easy to follow.

Annette Holland20 Sep 2018
The actual learning exercise was very appropriate working with aged care and able to assist in exercising their rights

Limor Weingarten20 Sep 2018
Elder abuse is a very serious topic as many times it could be so hidden from view and concerns many individuals.

Sabrina Payne14 Sep 2018
Very Informative

Elizabeth Makgeta 05 Sep 2018
Good teaching

Naomi Johnston16 Jun 2018
Great presentation.

Narelle Odwyer30 May 2018
great VLA

Divina Evangelista24 May 2018
The educator was engaging. I would recommend this education to other health professionals.

Geetha Rani Ammini23 May 2018

Mi Park22 May 2018
very useful. thank you.

Lynne Richardson-Cooper12 May 2018
Excellent course Very informative

Cindy Barkhuizen10 Apr 2018

Marilou Ortega13 Mar 2018
Very informative.

Genette Hobson-Campbell12 Feb 2018
This VLA was appropriate and gave adequate information regarding exposing elder abuse, it was also beneficial that additional resources were listed within the VLA.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Defining elder abuse
  • Incidence and types
  • Warning signs and risk factors
  • Barriers to disclosure
  • Mandatory reporting

Target audience

All health professionals across all areas of professional practice, particularly those working with older people.


Provide current information on how elder abuse may be detected and to review your professional obligation with regards to mandatory reporting of elder abuse within Australia.


Every year in Australia, approximately 5% of people over 65 years old will be victims of elder abuse. Statistically speaking, this represents 150,000 cases, and the incidence is consistent, or worse, across the developed world. Elder abuse is a major issue. However, the tendency is to assume that elder abuse is manifest as overt sexual abuse and blatant assault, but statistics show that it is commonly far subtler than that. Rather, elder abuse involves financial, psychological, social and neglectful abuse, as well as abuse that is sexual and physical in nature. Older people are entitled to feel safe and secure, and to be treated in a respectful and dignified manner, wherever they reside, and so it is critical that all nurses are able to identify cases of elder abuse, understand why it happens, and what their professional obligations are in regards to intervention and reporting.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.