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Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians 2014-2021

Government of South Australia Country Resources Older Persons General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans and service standards South Australia 16 June 2014 Policy document advocacy, strategy

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The strategy focuses on preventing the abuse of older people carried out by someone the older person knows and trusts. The steps in the strategy include understanding the diversity of our older population; recognising the risk factors for elder abuse and the signs; and how then to take the appropriate action.

Featured in the strategy is the South Australian Charter of the Rights and Freedoms of Older People developed as part of the 2011 Closing the Gaps report. It establishes four goals:

freedom from harm
enjoyment of life.
A focus on prevention and promotion of our shared responsibility in enabling older people to live their lives free from harm and exploitation in their relationships with others makes this an important document for the whole community.


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