Professor McDonald is a clinical gerontologist and Professor and Chair of Ageing at ACU. She will be delivering her paper: Can indicators enable abuse prevention and effective response? at the conference.
The paper explores research into the mistreatment of elderly people and shares research insights on factors that enable resilience and deter abuse in some circumstances.
In a recent interview with Senior Rights Service, which is hosting the conference, Professor McDonald described elder abuse as the third part of a ‘triptych of abuse’ that includes child abuse and domestic violence.
“We need a national prevalence study and more social research so we understand what is causing the abuse of older people to know what we are dealing with and how to be more effective in doing something about it,” Professor McDonald said during the interview.
The 5th National Elder Abuse Conference will be held from 19-20 February at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.
For the full list of speakers and further details, visit the event website.