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Addressing elder abuse through integrating law into health: What do allied health professionals at a Community Health Service in Melbourne, Australia, think?

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posted on 18.01.2021, 03:37 by Virginia Lewis, Vanessa White, Faith Hawthorne, Jess Eastwood, Robyn Mullins
© 2019 Justice Connect. Australasian Journal on Ageing published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of AJA Inc. This research looked at the attitudes of Community Health Service (CHS) staff regarding the integration of a lawyer into their CHS both before and after the integration occurred. It assessed their confidence in identifying and addressing elder abuse at each point. A written survey was distributed to staff before the lawyer commenced (n = 126), and approximately 12 months afterwards (n = 54). The preliminary survey demonstrated widespread agreement that legal issues can affect older people and supported having a lawyer in a CHS. Respondents were not confident about their capacity to identify abuse and provide referrals to a lawyer, but this improved in the follow-up survey. These CHS staff were aware of the potential impacts of elder abuse and supported embedding a lawyer in the health service. Information and training as part of this service model should focus on the skills needed for CHS staff to play their role in such a partnership.

History

Publication Date

01/06/2020

Journal

Australasian Journal on Ageing

Volume

39

Issue

2

Pagination

6p. (p. e220-e225)

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

ISSN

1440-6381

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