grandma granddaughterIn response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government is funding the establishment of 10 elder abuse networks to collaborate at a community level and focus on the prevention of elder abuse.

As part of the Monash Health Integrated Model of Responding to Suspected Elder Abuse, SMPCP have established an Elder Abuse Prevention Network (EAPN).

The SMPCP EAPN seeks to:

  • focus on primary prevention activities including:
    • addressing the drivers of elder abuse such as ageist attitudes in the community
    • conducting elder abuse awareness activities with older people, their families, carers and general community 
    • utilising social media as a platform for community engagement and to facilitate the dissemination of primary prevention messages
    • connecting practitioners working with older community members, their families and carers
  • utilise a co-design approach in the development and delivery of elder abuse awareness activities
  • collaborate to develop referral policies and interagency protocols

A steering committee and working groups have been established to guide the development of the EAPN and the delivery of primary prevention activities.

Members of the network include:

Alfred Health Carer Services Kingston City Council
Bayside City Council Monash Health
Bolton Clarke Mordialloc Neighbourhood House
Caulfield South Community House PRONIA
Caulfield Hospital SECASA
Central Bayside Community Health Services       Star Health
City of Port Phillip Stonnington City Council
Connect Health & Community Taskforce
FMC Mediation and Counselling Victoria Police
Glen Eira City Council  WHISE
Jewish Care  


Preventing Elder Abuse: A literature review for the SMPCP Elder Abuse Prevention Network

The SMPCP EAPN Steering Committee conducted a rapid review of primary prevention literature as it relates to elder abuse. The review sought to examine four key questions:

  1. What does the current literature tell us that is relevant to primary prevention in the context of elder abuse?
  2. What is the intention of prevention in managing elder abuse?
  3. Do the current strategies that are used to prevent violence against women and their children (as part of the broader work in family violence) apply easily to preventing elder abuse?
  4. What should be included in a primary prevention framework for elder abuse specifically?

Issues such as definitions, prevalence, risk factors, the relationship with family violence, drivers and prevention strategies are all explored. The paper concludes with four recommendations for future work which relate to the development of a specific elder abuse prevention framework, investment in primary prevention strategies and policy and evaluation development.

Download the literature review...

IMG 3203 cropMembers of the SMPCP EAPN celebrate the launch of the literature review. Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, Gerard Mansour is pictured centre.

Older, Better, Together: The prirmary prevention of elder abuse by primary prevention networks
Commissioned by Seniors Rights Victoria and conducted by conslutants Think Impact, this action research examines primary prevention initiatives as carried out by five of the 10 Elder Abuse Prevention Networks funded by the Victorian Government.


Download Older, Better, Together report...


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

Michelle Lord
Project Lead
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0477 401 031


Vic Gvt 2015

This project is supported by the Victorian Government


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