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Current research and advocacy activities

Current activities

Joint Issues Paper - Elder Abuse

In February 2022, the Public Advocate, in conjunction with the Queensland Law Society (QLS), released a joint issues paper describing the legal environment and issues associated with the violence, abuse and neglect of older persons. The paper was an update to the former joint publication, Elder Abuse: How well does the law cope in Queensland? which was released in June 2010.

The paper encompassed a broad scope of issues, including those related to; human rights; victims and perpetrators of elder abuse; civil and criminal law; law enforcement; domestic and family violence; the guardianship regime; system abuse in the aged care system; comparative legal approaches; and access to legal assistance for older persons.

You can read this paper here.

Restrictive practices reform

The Public Advocate has recently released a restrictive practices reform options paper, which proposes the use of a senior practitioner authorisation model across all settings in Queensland.

You can read this paper here.

Adult safeguarding project

This will be one of the principal systemic reform projects undertaken by the Public Advocate during 2021 and 2022. It will involve a series of roundtables throughout Queensland, at which people from a range of backgrounds will be invited to share their thoughts. This will include the identification of situations where adults with impaired decision-making ability are at risk in the community, how such concerns are currently addressed, and what improvements are needed.

The project will culminate in the release of two reports. The first will identify adult safeguarding issues across Queensland, and the second will put forward options for reform.

Additional information will be posted on this website following the roundtable discussions, scheduled to take place prior to April 2022.

Preserving the financial futures of vulnerable Queenslanders: A review of Public Trustee fees, charges and practices

The systemic advocacy report, Preserving the financial futures of vulnerable Queenslanders: A review of Public Trustee fees, charges and practices, was tabled in Parliament on 10 March 2021.

For more information regarding this project please click here