ADA Australia

Elder Abuse Advocacy

Elder Abuse Advocacy
What we provide ADA Australia provides information and individual advocacy support for older people living in residential care who are experiencing or at risk of elder abuse. Abuse may be:
  • Financial
  • Psychological/Social
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Neglect
See below for client eligibility and service locations.
Eligible clients
Eligible clients for this Elder Abuse advocacy service are adults over Adults over 65 years who are:
  • residing in residential aged care; and
  • experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse from their formal (Enduring Powers of Attorney) or informal decision makers, carers or friends.

This service offers support in the Greater Brisbane region including: Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Ipswich and Redland Bay Council areas.

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We can help with … We help people to protect their rights and be heard in cases of potential or actual elder abuse.

This may include help with:

  • Understanding their rights
  • Negotiating with formal or informal decision makers
  • Deciding on an agreed action plan to reduce a person’s distress.
  • Referral to appropriate supports.

We also help with Human Rights Advocacy for QCAT hearings. See our Human Rights Advocacy page

Our Service Our advocacy service is:
  • Independent – Free from conflict of interest, not affiliated with direct care providers
  • Confidential – We seek your permission before acting and follow strict confidentiality processes
  • Client Directed – We don’t make decisions for you. We can help you understand your options and follow your direction.
  • Individual – We work with each individual, to help give them a voice
  • Short Term and Issue specific
  • Free
Funding ADA Australia’s Elder Abuse Advocacy service is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, via the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN).
Elder Abuse Prevention Education We also provide Elder Abuse Prevention talks for free to consumers and staff working in residential care. For more information go to Elder Abuse Education.
We cannot help with … While we provide a range of services to our clients, ADA Australia’s Elder Abuse Advocacy Service is unable to assist with:
  • Cases outside of the Greater Brisbane area (see eligibility above)
  • Cases involving clients living in their own home or the community
  • Financial or legal advice

Human Rights and Elder Abuse Advocacy Case Examples
Below are some case examples of things our advocates have been able to assist with, related to our Human Rights and Elder Abuse services.


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Valerie’s Story

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Aunty Lorna’s Story

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Ruben’s Story

To contact us to see if we can help with your Human Rights or Elder Abuse issue, select this “Request Advocacy Support” button and complete the enquiry form. If we cannot help with your issue we can find an appropriate referral for you.

Where possible, ADA Australia encourages people to advocate for themselves where they feel confident. For tips on self-advocacy go to our page Self – advocacy. For more information on our experience working with clients, go to Our Clients.

ADA Australia offer a large collection of resources. Go to ADA Australia Resources or Aged and Disability Resources for helpful links and downloads.