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Provider Number PO342.

CPD55m of CPD
Total Rating(s)110
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.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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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. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

110 Total Rating(s)
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Shauna BYRNE
27 Nov 2019

a good review of this very important issue that vulnerable older people face especially ones who live with dementia

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Kathleen Smith
18 Nov 2019

Excellent information that will be passed on to others in the workplace, very clear and informative

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Brydie Grossman
12 Nov 2019

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Roff Kathryn
10 Oct 2019

This was a very enlightening video on elder abuse and what it is

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wendy Buggy
03 Sep 2019

I found the information enclosed very informative and relevant and very well presented.

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Anne Lenert
19 Aug 2019

Excellent presentation of a difficult topic.

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Khushboo Maiyani
30 Jul 2019

great source

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Sallyanne North
28 Jun 2019

It was informative and relevance to the different governing bodies was useful.

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Heitje Scheimann
20 Jun 2019

Very informative and reinforced my role as advocate

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Kristine Webster-Lawson
08 Jun 2019

Interesting very informative Knowledgeable speaker