Strategic Planning 2012 - 2015

Commisioned by Advocare

The Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: Western Australia (APEA:WA) promotes a whole-of-government policy framework that values older people and supports the rights of older people.

APEA:WA defines elder abuse as any act which causes harm to an older person and occurs within an informal relationship of trust, such as family or friends. These can include:

  • Financial or material abuse
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Social abuse
  • Neglect.

APEA:WA brings together Western Australian organisations that are the last resort for older people and their family and friends who are experiencing elder abuse. These organisations currently comprise:

  • Advocare
  • Department of Health
  • Disability Services Commission
  • Legal Aid Western Australia
  • Office for Seniors Interests and Carers
  • Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
  • The Public Advocate
  • The Public Trustee
  • WA Police
  • an Aboriginal representative

APEA:WA will co-opt representatives of other organisations to facilitate its work from time to time.

APEA:WA’s diverse members are change agents working collaboratively and cohesively to raise awareness of elder abuse issues and influence current attitudes, policies and practices in relation to elder abuse. This includes influencing the organisations from which members are drawn, as well as external agencies.

As a high-level policy group, APEA:WA:

  • Advocates for a whole-of-government response to elder abuse.
  • Works to influence others to achieve its purpose.
  • Is predominantly action-oriented rather than an advisory body.
  • Works within the framework of the Western Australian Family and Domestic Violence and Active Ageing strategies.