Last week, it was revealed that the number of calls to the Elder Abuse Helpline had increased by an alarming 18 per cent during the 2017-18 financial year.
This is the largest annual increase since the helpline started collecting data in 2000-01.
More than 1,900 elder abuse notifications were made to the Elder Abuse Helpline in 2017-18, highlighting the grim reality of how many of our senior citizens are poorly treated.
The most common reports were related to financial abuse and psychological abuse.
Despite this increase in reports, elder abuse, whether it is physical, financial or psychological, is still an under-reported issue within Queensland communities.
Fortunately, the Federal LNP Government recently announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety - an important step towards reducing elder abuse across Australia.
I urge the Palaszczuk Labor Government to take their own real action in the upcoming Queensland Budget to tackle this important issue.
But more can be done right now. This is why I am taking the opportunity to ask that if you know of any form of elder abuse, or if you even suspect that elder abuse may occurring to someone you know, please call the Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 651 192.
There is no excuse for elder abuse. Together, Queensland can do better to support our seniors.
Dr Christian Rowan MP
Shadow Minister for Communities and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors