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Experts to tackle elder abuse in SA

A group of experts from across the country will meet in Adelaide to help tackle the growing problem of elder abuse.

The event’s organiser, CEO of Aged Rights Advocacy Services Carolanne Barkla, says the conference will bring together police, academics and legal practitioners.

“Elder Abuse is a major public health and social problem, a staggering one in 20 older people experience some form of abuse,” Ms Barkla said ahead of Friday’s event, being held on World Elder Abuse Day.

“The conference aims to analyse what approaches work best when it comes to preventing abuse.”

She says there has been relatively little research done on prevention strategies and the reasons for abuse.

“Elder abuse is a silent epidemic that demands a collaborative approach,” Ms Barkla said.

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson will give the keynote at the conference.

It comes after federal Attorney-General Christian Porter pledged earlier this week to work with the states, territories and community partners to tackle elder abuse by setting up a national body.

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