Elderly Abuse Mandatory Reporting

  1. What is the law in Western Australia pertaining Elderly Abuse?.What happens if i dont report a case?
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Sep 11, '12
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   mariab945
    It depends on who you suspect of the abuse and where the person you suspect is being abused lives. Personally speaking you have a moral obligation not to mention a duty of care. If the person lives in a residential care facility then there are mandatory requirements.
    You need to speak to your manager /educator for education on mandatory reporting requirements

    Last edit by mariab945 on Oct 27, '12 : Reason: additional
  4. by   ceridwyn
    Mandatory reporting is mandatory for all health professionals working anywhere with Older persons. Whether it is visiting them in their homes, PAG groups, aged care centre etc etc.

    It is a massive problem out there, due to the way the Australia government funds aged care and carers, pensions, there is no checking that this is not being abused. ie - older persons pension used to fund family, carer pension - not really caring for the person, older person really needs to be in care - but their money funds family members.