Exposing Elder Abuse

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CPD55m of CPD
First Published
Updated31 January 2019
Expires 30 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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

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

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.


The purpose of this Course is to provide current information on how elder abuse may be detected and to review the professional obligations with regards to mandatory reporting of elder abuse within Australia.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe elder abuse and common causes
  • Describe the different types of elder abuse
  • Explain nursing obligations for reporting suspected elder abuse in Australia
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to registered nurses and other health professionals across all areas of professional practice, particularly those working with older people.


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CPD55m of CPD
First Published
Updated31 January 2019
30 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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