As we approach World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, we acknowledge the progress Western Australia has made towards shining a light on elder abuse, especially with regards to the coordinated community response during the Parliament of Western Australia Inquiry into Elder Abuse. However, we recognise that there is still more work to be done, with an estimated 75 000 older people in Western Australia at risk of elder abuse.

Central to this is our belief that elder abuse is fundamentally a human rights issue, and we must all work at ensuring that older people remain valued within our community. Being engaged and connected with a broad cross-section of the community creates an opportunity for people to talk freely with trusted people about the joys in their life as well as the issues concerning them.

As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day nears, it is timely to reflect that some of the most vulnerable members of our community are still at risk. As a civilised society, creating inclusive age-friendly communities must be our priority to ensure that all seniors feel safe and valued. As the peak body representing the voice of older Western Australians, we will continue to advocate for rights and the protection of our elderly citizens.

Christine Allen