APEA (Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse)
The Alliance was established in 2005 to promote a whole-of-government policy framework that values and supports the rights of older people. APEA: WA is high-level policy group which meets bi-monthly and includes the WA Police, Public Advocate, Public Trustee, the Department of Health, Office of Seniors Interests and Carers, Disability Services Commission, Legal Aid, and WALGA (Western Australian Local Government Association). Members of APEA:WA work collaboratively to raise awareness of issues that surround elder abuse, and to influence current attitudes, policies and practices in relation to elder abuse.
Current work of the committee includes the following:
- Participation in research: A collaborative project is currently being investigated - "Examination of the Extent of Elder Abuse in Western Australia: A Qualitative and Quantitative Investigation of Existing Agency Data"
- Collaborating with tertiary institutions to initiate the establishment of a research registry
- Annual participation in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) to support raising awareness of this issue through a variety of events and activities
Click here to visit the APEA website.
To access the APEA Developing Protocols Handbook click here.