Primary Prevention Of Elder Abuse

Primary Prevention Of Elder Abuse

Action Area

Elder Abuse Prevention and Response Initiative

Strategic Direction

Local solutions; person centred services and care

Priority Actions

Working to prevent poor health and wellbeing; increasing earlier intervention

Target Population

Older adults as risk of or experiencing family violence

Summary

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.

Visit https://respectingseniorsnetwork.org.au/ to join the Network or email info@respectingseniorsnetwork.org.au

Contact: Natasha Spicer, Elder Abuse Prevention Network Coordinator, NSpicer@phcn.vic.gov.au