The Elder Abuse project was designed to promote awareness of elder abuse in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne, and to support regional organisations in their work with people who experience elder abuse.
The Elder Abuse project was a jointly supported by the Inner East Primary Care Partnership, Seniors Rights Victoria, and the Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC). Although the IEPCP is no longer contributing financially to the program, it continues to be hosted by ECLC.
The Elder Abuse program aims to:
- Broadly promote awareness of elder abuse
- Provide professional development & training to staff
- Support and encourage the development of policies and protocols
- Manage and convene the Eastern Elder Abuse Network
- Advocate for people experiencing elder abuse.
The Elder Abuse project has involved a broad diversity of partners through the Eastern
Elder Abuse Network, including aged care service providers, community health services, family violence services, government, hospitals and VicPolice. The number and diversity of partners has actively contributed to the strong success of this program in the Eastern region.
The Elder Abuse project has assisted:
- Older people experiencing elder abuse (through advocacy, referral and legal representation)
- Family members and friends who know someone who is experiencing elder abuse (through advocacy and referral)
- Professionals whose clients are experiencing elder abuse (through advice and referral)
- The general public (particularly people aged 65+) (through awareness-raising of elder abuse generally)
Establishment of the Eastern Elder Abuse Network
This Network is now the largest elder abuse network in Australia, with over 100 members from a wide range of professional organisations and local governments. The Network builds regional capacity by:
- Increased knowledge, awareness and understanding about elder abuse
- Sharing information
- Support and advice and opportunity for case discussion
Elder Abuse Case Conferencing Site
An electronic case conferencing facility, developed to meet the needs or professional staff who are seeking advice, information or referral for clients who are (or could be) experiencing elder abuse.
Integration of Policy
The program has strongly promoted best practice elder abuse policies and protocols and has been instrumental in assisting over 15 organisations to develop and implement their own.
Elder Abuse Training Resources
Elder Abuse Toolkit –the toolkit also includes a series of questionnaires and worksheets for use as exercises during training sessions.
Elder Abuse It’s a No Ball – a 3 minute video showing a special elder abuse cricket match, umpired by Max Walker. Used extensively to raise awareness of elder abuse, particularly to the general public.
Behind The Curtain – a 2 minute video and posters aimed at GP’s and health professionals. The video is also used for professional development training purposes. It is hoped that with further funding, the video can be adapted to become a national TV info/commercial.
Strengthened Collaboration with VicPolice
Police in the Eastern Metropolitan Region now have a much stronger understanding about elder abuse as a result of their participation in the Eastern Elder Abuse Network and the elder abuse training of police Seniors Register volunteers.
Strong Support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15)
June 15 each year is an important opportunity to raise awareness about elder abuse. When the program began six years ago, there was almost no awareness of this day in the eastern metropolitan area. Today, the story is very different, with almost all of the 60+ member organisations of the Eastern Elder Abuse Network now actively involved in commemorating the day.
The Elder Abuse program continues to support organisations and individuals in the Eastern Metropolitan Region from its home at the Eastern Legal Community Centre through training, advocacy and research.