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Elder Abuse - Laws and Limitations

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Although there is no uniform global definition of elder abuse, the World Health Organisation defines it as: "A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person."

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Elder abuse is a social and political issue – and a crime. Although there is no uniform global definition of elder abuse, the most common definition used is that adopted by the World Health Organisation: "A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person." Elder abuse may be intentional or unintentional and can take a variety of forms, including financial, physical, physiological and sexual.

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Linda Starr
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Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
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Michelle Watson
04 Jun 2021
I found this course to be very informative in what constitutes as elder abuse. As well as the signs and risks.
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Yamada Yuka
20 Jul 2021
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David Hely
12 Apr 2021
Great module
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Yam Gurung
15 Mar 2021
It has helped me to know much about different way of elder abuse in aged care sector and way to minimize it.
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Diane Whiston
05 Jun 2021
Very well presented, and easy to understand.
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La BARAMY
07 Oct 2020
good information
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Anisha Pathak
10 Jun 2021
informative
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RUKSHAN SHRESTHA
31 Mar 2021
Very informative and well described.
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Manju Thapa
25 Mar 2021
I have learned much more about elder abuse. Very helpful.
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Saragh Parfitt
06 Jun 2021
A simple, quick read with very relevant content.
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