Darren Wake
24 May 2016

Exposing Elder Abuse

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



16 Jun 2018
Great presentation.
30 May 2018
great VLA
24 May 2018
The educator was engaging. I would recommend this education to other health professionals.
23 May 2018
22 May 2018
very useful. thank you.
12 May 2018
Excellent course Very informative
10 Apr 2018
13 Mar 2018
Very informative.
12 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.