Primary Prevention Of Elder Abuse
The Royal Commission into Family Violence reported that older people who experience elder abuse are largely invisible to the family violence service system, and do not have their abuse recognised or addressed within broader health sectors.
Consequently, elder abuse is under-reported, unrecognised and not adequately responded to across the care continuum. In response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has implemented an integrated model of care for responding to suspected elder abuse.
This model consists of four components:
1. Workforce training
2. Specialist clinical advice and consultancy
3. Counselling and mediation services (including financial counselling); and
4. Primary prevention of elder abuse.
DHHS has funded the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership under the auspice of Peninsula Health to facilitate a local Elder Abuse Prevention Network.
The Frankston Mornington Peninsula Respecting Seniors Network (the Elder Abuse Prevention Network) – a group of committed individuals, groups, businesses and organisations in the Frankston Mornington Peninsula area – has been established to address the underlying drivers and risk factors of elder abuse with the aim of preventing elder abuse from happening in the first place.