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Elder Abuse: Strategies for Prevention



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As Australia’s population ages, lawyers across many areas of practice can expect to encounter clients with dementia. Learn to prevent the financial and other forms of abuse of these clients and become a ‘dementia-capable’ legal practitioner with this online short course from UTS Open.

About this course

Clients with or at risk of dementia are often vulnerable to elder abuse. This self-paced short course will equip you with strategies to prevent it, with an emphasis on financial exploitation in power of attorney and asset for care arrangements.

You’ll explore how and why people with dementia become vulnerable to abuse, as well as developments in legislation and legal service models that respond to this growing problem.


Key benefits of this course

This on-demand short course will enable participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of the common types of elder abuse and warning signs
  • Implement strategies for preventing abuse in financial and property arrangements
  • Respond to situations of elder abuse in ways that support clients' needs
  • Build upon their existing professional expertise to become a dementia-capable legal practitioner
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."

Digital badge and certificate

A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

Learn more about UTS Open digital badges.

Related courses

This short course is part of a training series that develops lawyers’ knowledge and skills as ‘dementia-capable’ practitioners, with a focus on the following attributes: knowledge, professionalism, legal rights and risks and capacity. 

Other courses in the series include:


Full price: $360 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions.

COVID-19 response

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

Participants access this course via UTS’ user-friendly online learning management system, Canvas. The course content is presented in engaging and interactive ways. Throughout the course participants will:

  • Complete self-assessment activities to reflect on their current knowledge and attitudes, including sharing experiences with peers through discussion posts
  • Compile their own ‘Dementia-Capable Toolkit’ by downloading tools and checklists presented within the course and also through searching for further resources available in their state/territory of practice
  • Experience interactive features which offer engaging summaries of current research
  • Benefit from audio and video clips providing insights on course topics from medical and legal practitioners and dementia advocates.

This self-paced course is designed to take participants approximately 2 hours to complete, however you may choose to spend more time exploring suggested readings and resources in compiling your ‘Dementia-Capable Toolkit’.

Course learning objectives

This short course will equip participants to:

  • Define key types of elder abuse
  • Recognise when clients are vulnerable to elder abuse by identifying 'red flags'
  • Adopt strategies for preventing financial abuse of vulnerable clients, especially in power of attorney and asset for care arrangements
  • Respond to situations of elder abuse in ways that respect and support clients’ needs
  • Critically consider legislative and legal service responses to elder abuse



Participants in this course access materials via the Canvas learning management system (LMS) and will require:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • An operating system and a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS
  • Speakers or headphones for audio.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • Group enrolment of 5 or more from the same organisation: 15% discount
    • To take up this offer, email with
    • your organisation’s name and ABN,
    • the course name and date and
    • the number of people in your group (minimum of 5 participants).
  • UTS alumni and current students: 10% discount with voucher code Lawalumni
  • UTS staff: 10% discount

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount

Please contact the team at to clarify payment options and the 10% staff discount code.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button.

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Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for lawyers working in a variety of legal disciplines, including (but not limited to):

  • General practice
  • Will/estates, elder law and related areas
  • Community legal practice.


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.