Working together to stop elder abuse.
What is it?
The Elder Abuse Prevention Network aims to stop elder abuse through education, resources and campaigns. Led by Merri Health, it includes representation from 34 health and aged care organisations and councils from across northern metropolitan Melbourne.
Elder Abuse Prevention Networks are established in the northern metropolitan and western metropolitan regions.
Activities are conducted by member organisations across the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.
Julie Watson, Project Coordinator of the Elder Abuse Prevention Network.
Call 1300 637 744
Elder Abuse Prevention toolkit
The toolkit was created by the Network, and supports workers to identify signs of abuse and tools to respond.
About the Elder Abuse Prevention Network
The Network meet quarterly and have established working groups to progress its action plan.
- Capacity building working group: supports organisations to identify and respond to suspected or incidences of elder abuse. The group has developed a toolkit that outlines different forms of elder abuse and includes resources such as a flow chart for action, useful contacts, and a sample safety and action plan templates.
- Community engagement and awareness working group: raises awareness of elder abuse among community and health professionals. The group established the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Tea Dance in Moreland and a community theatre event, and developed case studies that highlight real-life stories for distribution and media campaigns.
The group aim to change community values and attitudes towards elder abuse by addressing risk factors and increasing positive inter-generational interactions.