Older Australians are a diverse group with multiple identities (based on characteristics such as gender, Aboriginality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, ability, socio-economic status and geographic location, etc). This module explores how to respond to suspected elder abuse using an intersectional approach that reflects the uniqueness and complexity of an older person's identity and life experiences. It further seeks to extend participants' ability to respond appropriately to elder abuse through an understanding of trauma-informed practice and the application of core trauma-informed principles to help restore a sense of safety and autonomy.

This event will cover:

  • Understand the concept of intersectionality
  • Apply an intersectional lens in order to provide a more inclusive, responsive and accessible service to those known or suspected
  • Appreciate the relevance of trauma and principles of trauma–informed practice for responding to elder abuse
  • Draw on trauma-informed principles when working with people experiencing elder abuse


  • Nella Charles — The Bouverie Centre - La Trobe University

Eligibility criteria

For hospital and community services staff in direct contact with older people e.g., allied health and medical staff, nurses, workers supporting carers/families, in-home care workers, housing workers, mental health & AOD staff as well as staff working in family violence services. Please note a manager’s approval is required and will be advised of your attendance. (Open to Victorian Residents Only)

Categories: Diversity, Family Violence and Child Wellbeing and Safety, Older persons mental health
Disciplines: Allied Health, Nursing
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Lifespans: Adult, Older Persons

Tuesday 8 February 2022
09:30 to 12:30
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Funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, as part of the integrated model of care (IMOC) for responding to suspected elder abuse.

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Provided by The Bouverie Centre
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