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Brian Roche

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Western Australia None > Community
Legal > General
To investigate if supported decision making will reduce elder financial abuse in Australia - UK, Canada
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Recommendations

1. Need for capacity building in the general community through greater education, by early intervention, and promoting positive family relationships as the most effective means to support a person with a decision making disability.

2. Need for funding to promote awareness in the community of the benefits of advance planning tools such as Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Guardianship and Advance Health Directives.

3. Need for funding for more empirical research and, in particular, for larger scale, longer term pilot programs into how supported decision making can be applied to benefit persons with a decision making disability, including for those with profound cognitive disabilities.

i. That the pilot programs are rigorously evaluated for their effectiveness, in particular for persons with profound cognitive disabilities.

ii. That toolkits and best practice guides (that are culturally sensitive) on supported decision making be developed and made available to people with decision making disabilities, their families and professionals (health care workers, social service workers, aged care workers, community case workers, police and lawyers).

iii. That community based organisations are engaged to play a key role in educating professionals on supported decision making.

iv. That further research into how well a supported decision making approach may work, and if any additional risks would be experienced in CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

4. Need for the National Plan on Elder Abuse to include a specific strategy on how to address ageism as a major contributing factor to elder financial abuse.

5. Further research to understand how to raise awareness and deal with elder abuse in CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

6. That, as an alternative to formal Court proceedings, mediation services (culturally sensitive) be introduced - similar to that currently used in family law - and made available to families to resolve disputes involving elder abuse, including in CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People communities.

7. Need for training (possibly online) to be provided for those discharging duties under a Power of Attorney, similar to that provided for private administrators.

Keywords: Elder abuse, Enduring Power of Attorney, Commonwealth Government, disability

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