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Age Discrimination

Elder abuse

Elderly lady looking out a window
Elder abuse can take various forms, including: financial, physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, or neglect. No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse.

Reforming Age Discrimination Law: Beyond Individual Enforcement, Alysia Blackham (2022)

Panel discussion Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

President, Australian Human Rights Commission


I am speaking today from the traditional lands of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging—and to the traditional custodians of the lands from wherever you are zooming in today.

Ageism as a factor of elder abuse (2022)

Queensland Law Society - Keynote: Succession and Elder Law Conference, Friday 11th November, 2022 Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

New campaign seeks to reduce abuse of older Australians

Encouraging perpetrators of elder abuse to understand the impact of their actions is the focus of a new awareness campaign from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Positive ageing

Having positive beliefs about ageing has been shown to be associated with better physical health, psychological wellbeing, increased longevity, and reduced dementia risk among older people.

Human Rights don't diminish with age (2022)

Council of the Ageing (COTA) - Northern Territory (NT)
COTA NT Aged care forum: Once in a lifetime reform

2 August 2022 - Parliament House, Darwin

Property Council of Australia, National Retirement Living Summit, Keynote Address (2022)

Property Council of Australia, Retirement Living Council

National Retirement Living Summit

20 - 22 June 2022 

Keynote Address

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Benowa, Gold Coast
Tuesday 21 June 2022 

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Elder abuse resources available in 20 languages

The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced bookmarks and posters in 20 languages to empower communities to recognise elder abuse and know where to seek help. 

The release of these resources coincides with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (tomorrow Wednesday 15 June), a day which takes place every year, throughout the world, to call out the abuse and exploitation of older people as a human rights violation that has no place in any society. 

Generational divide? It’s more myth than reality

Although antagonism between the generations is often seen as inevitable, the ‘generational wars’ we hear about are not supported by Australians themselves.

A new report by the Australian Human Rights Commission, What’s age got to do with it? A snapshot of ageism across the Australian lifespan, examines what young adult, middle-aged and older Australians really think about age and ageism across the lifespan.

New campaign on the warning signs of elder abuse

A new campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse has been launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission to mark the International Day of Older Persons (1 October 2021).