ARAS Abuse Prevention Program
The Abuse Prevention Program (APP) aims to assist older people, who are living in the community, to safeguard their rights, in order to improve their quality of life and ensure their safety and wellbeing.
The Abuse Prevention Program assists:
- Older people who are at risk of, or experiencing abuse from those with whom they are in a relationship of trust, such as family members or friends.
- An older person's representative. This is someone who is acting in the best interest of the older person.
- Care staff, to provide information, strategies and support to ensure rights.
The ARAS Residential Care Advocacy Program can support residents of aged care facilities who are experiencing abuse.
How Abuse Prevention Program Advocates can assist you
The Abuse Prevention Program advocates can provide the following services through the delivery of advocacy, information and education. This includes:
- Information about rights, entitlements and responsibilities.
- Providing options to help you resolve your concerns.
- Advocating to service providers on your behalf.
- Support to implement strategies to reduce and/or stop the abuse.
- Promotion of the rights of older people.
- Information sessions to community groups.
- Informative and interactive education sessions (link to order form) to service providers, TAFE and University students, and Allied Health professionals in hospitals.
- Assist service providers with policies to ensure the rights of older people are upheld.
"The Department for Families and Communities has contributed funds toards this Program."