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Elder Abuse course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By

This session considers the challenging topic of elder abuse, including how to identify it and how best to institute a management plan. This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in March 2015.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define elder abuse
  • List and describe the different types of elder abuse
  • Recognise the warning signs for elder abuse
  • Describe a strategy for management of elder abuse


Instructors / Speakers
Shane O’Hanlon,
Consultant in Elderly Care

Shane O’Hanlon is a Consultant in Elderly Care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. He works in surgical liaison and with the Macmillan COCOC (Comprehensive Care for Older People with Cancer) team. He works closely with primary care teams in this role and has a passion for medical education.

Desmond O'Neill,
Consultant Physician, Dublin

Professor Desmond O’Neill MA MD FRCPI AGSF FRCP(Glasg) is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine at Trinity College Dublin and the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (www.ageandknowledge.ie).

Desmond has had a long standing interest in elder abuse since writing up the first case reported in the Irish biomedical literature in 1990, and has successively been the Chair of the Irish government Working Party on Elder Abuse (1998-2002) (which produced the national strategy ’Protecting Our Future’) and the Elder Abuse National Implementation Group (2002-2010) which oversaw implementation of this strategy. He has also been actively involved in research into elder abuse, most recently with Professor Jim O’Brien, University of Louisville, USA: together they guest-edited a special international issue of the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect.

In addition Desmond is the President of the Irish Gerontological Society and the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, and has been the Chair of Council on Stroke of the Irish Heart Foundation, and a principal investigator of the Irish National Audit of Stroke Care (INASC) and the first Irish longitudinal study on ageing (HESSOP-2).

Elder Abuse course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Abuse and Violence, Agedcare
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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