Jun 16, 2014

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today in the House of Representatives I was pleased to be able to speak on the importance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

June 15th every year marks this internationally recognised day.

I have always believed governments must continue to play a role in supporting the elderly in our communities.

As a previous Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors I visited nursing homes and other facilities across Australia, witnessing firsthand the dedication of staff in these aged-care facilities.

The Inner West is home to many elderly people and there are more boarding houses in my electorate of Grayndler than any other.

Whether it is illness or loneliness, often these are people who do not have any family support or friends to call on in times of need.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is also an appropriate time to recognise the great work our carers do in our community.

In contrast, the Abbott Government is considering changes to the Carer Payment, the Carer Supplement and the Carer Allowance.

Carers rely on these payments to keep a roof over their head, while they work incredibly hard to give their loved ones the support they need.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an important day for each of us to re-affirm the respect we have for older Australians.