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Understanding and awareness of elder abuse as a significant problem is well understood among key government and non-government agencies within South Australia, including its causes, indicators and effects. Each of the agencies interviewed collects data on cases of elder abuse to some degree. However, with the exception of the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS), every agency interviewed expressed some level of dismay at the current practices around, and capacity for, the collation and analysis of data held by agencies. With the exception of ARAS, there currently are no systematic processes for collating de-identified data for analysis at the agency level, and privacy laws are seen to inhibit the sharing of data between agencies. Consequently, access to prevalence data is presently limited.
Only one agency at the State level – ARAS - currently collates comprehensive data on the prevalence of elder abuse reported to that organisation. However, as not every victim of elder abuse would be reported to ARAS, it is impossible to identify the exact prevalence rates of elder abuse currently experienced by older South Australians, including which cases are reported to multiple agencies.