This module explores the practice implications for working with older people and their families when decision-making capacity is an issue and elder abuse is suspected or disclosed. Consideration is given to situations practitioners often find challenging when trying to identify elder abuse and assess and manage risk in this context. Using an unfolding case scenario, participants are invited to explore responses to these challenges in keeping with a human rights approach and the principles and practice of supported decision-making.

This event will cover:

  • Describe the key principles and practices relevant to working with older people experiencing elder abuse where decision-making c
  • Identify and address the challenges to the identification of elder abuse in contexts where decision-making capacity is an issue
  • Be aware of the range of approaches to responding to risk that respect the will and preferences of older people including offeri
  • Appreciate the relevance of these approaches for their own practice in this area


  • Elizabeth George — 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: Family Violence and Child Wellbeing and Safety, Older persons mental health, Recovery & supported decision making
Disciplines: Allied Health, Nursing, Other
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Lifespans: Adult, Older Persons

Thursday 26 May 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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