Help In a Research Project on Elder Abuse

Wednesday 26th September, 2012

Speaking for the Silent Witness

Can You Help In a Research Project on Elder Abuse?

My name is Linda Starr and I am a PhD student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University, where I am exploring the experiences of registered and enrolled nurses and personal carers around having to report actual or suspected cases of elder abuse under the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth) and how this impacts on the investigation and prosecution of these cases.  I will also explore the experience of investigating officers and police who receive and assess these reports in order to identify the strengths or weaknesses in the reports and the impact this has on their capacity to investigate and prosecute these cases.

The aim of the research is to identify what were the ‘bridges’ or good aspects of the experience that facilitated you recognising abuse and making the report and what were the ‘barriers - i.e. the aspects that impeded or made it difficult for you to identify abuse and make the report.

The emphasis of this study is to improve the reporting of elder abuse rather than identifying any agencies or facilities where abuse occurs.  The information you provide will enhance current understandings of the issues for practitioners involved in reporting elder abuse in aged care settings and will form the basis of recommendations for change so that reporting elder abuse is made easier for staff and more effective in protecting older people.

If you are willing to share your experience with me in a confidential interview or would like more information on this project please contact me at : or on (08) 8201 3340 or 0427234203.

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (Project Number 5547). For more information regarding ethical approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 8201 3116, by fax on 8201 2035 or by email