SMPCP is excited to announce that we have been selected as the lead agency to establish an Elder Abuse Prevention Network (EAPN) within our catchment.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence recognised elder abuse as a particular form of family violence and developed a number of recommendations to tackle this important and under-reported issue. The Elder Abuse Prevention and Response Initiative is part of the Victorian government's response to these recommendations.This includes funding for the establishment of 10 elder abuse prevention networks to collaborate at a community level and focus on the prevention of elder abuse.

An elder abuse prevention network is a membership based group of organisations including community groups, organisations or businesses that work with or provide services to older people and others in communities. It is envisaged that the elder abuse prevention network will use primary prevention techniques to develop activities that work towards the primary prevention of elder abuse.

Other partner networks chosen for the EAPN project so far are: Eastern Community Legal Centre, Ballarat Community Health Centre, Mpower (Warrnambool), Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

In one of the first steps towards establishing the EAPN, SMPCP will be attending an interagency workshop on 30 November 2017.

SMPCP will form a Working Group in early 2018 to guide the development of the EAPN and the delivery of primary prevention activities.

To express interest in participating in the SMPCP EAPN Working Group please contact:

Michelle Spragg
Project Lead
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8587 0107

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