elder abuse prevention network (North Metro)

The Elder Abuse Prevention Network (EAPN) is a group of organisations interested and committed to work on preventing the occurrence of elder abuse and is facilitated by the Project Coordinator based with Merri Health.

Elder Abuse Prevention activities are conducted by member organisations across the Northern suburbs of Melbourne and also Melbourne and Moonee Valley local government areas. Various activities are organised, such as media releases, community events, specific projects for particular population groups and community awareness opportunities.

The EAPN works closely with the Integrated Model of Care Project auspiced by Melbourne Health that provides support in identifying and responding to elder abuse.

The EAPN meets quarterly and has two Working Groups:

·       Capacity Building Working Group

·       Community Engagement & Awareness Working Group

The activities of the EAPN are actioned through the Working Groups.




Julie Watson
Project Coordinator, Elder Abuse Prevention
Phone:  8319 7459
Mobile:   0436 021 550
Email:  julie.watson@merrihealth.org.au

Meetings & Events



General Meeting of NM EAPN

  • Date: TBC

  • Time: 9.30am to 11am

  • Venue: Merri Health Board Room, Level 2, 110 Chiefly Drive, Preston


Training opportunities related to elder abuse awareness and prevention:

Online Elder Abuse Prevention Training

The course, targeted at anyone working with older people, takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and is free of charge.  


Elder Abuse Prevention & Response Toolkit

This toolkit provides an elder abuse prevention and response framework for organisations in the North Metro region who work with older people and their families or carers.

It’s useful as a source of information to better understand the causes and types of elder abuse. It can also be used as a practical guide to assess risk and provide appropriate responses when dealing with situations of elder abuse.

Download the Toolkit here.

If you’d like more info please contact:
Julie Watson, Julie.watson@merrihealth.org.au or
Helen Rushford, Helen.rushford@mh.org.au

Southern Melbourne PCP’s Preventing Elder Abuse Literature Review 

A rapid review of literature on primary prevention of elder abuse was conducted
in 2018 to support the work of the SMPCP Elder Abuse Prevention Network.
The review explores four key questions and offers emerging conclusions and recommendations for action.