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NSW adopts a collaborative approach to prevention

Local Collaboratives

Community Industry Group supports two collaborative groups who have been established to help educate communities and the aged care sector on the prevention and protection of both older people and adults with disability from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Both groups are now part of a NSW wide collaborative group which is recognised by the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission. The Commission will be facilitating regular and strategic contact between each Collaborative group from across NSW, to share learnings, ideas and areas of expertise to further develop and strengthen our reach in our own LGA’s.

Prevention of Older Person Abuse (POPA)

POPA was established in February 2019 and is based in Wollongong.

The group meets monthly and includes representatives from local police command centres, aged care providers, community organisations/businesses, government organisations and interested community representatives who are connected to older people.

The group works collaboratively with the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission to plan, implement and evaluate processes to assist in prevention of older person’s abuse in the community.

POPA raises awareness of older person abuse by conducting hypotheticals, expos, training and promotion of information from the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission. Representatives are regularly invited to attend meetings in other areas of the state to report on their initiatives and progress.

Shoalhaven Older Abuse Prevention (SOAP)

SOAP was established in April 2016 and is based in the Shoalhaven. The group aims to assist relevant local agencies in identifying, responding to and preventing abuse of older people through early intervention, strengthening referral pathways, increasing support of older people and upskilling staff working with older people.

The group meets bi-monthly and includes representatives from local police command centres, aged care providers, community organisations/businesses, government organisations and interested community representatives who are connected to older people.

The group works collaboratively with the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission to plan, implement and evaluate processes to assist in prevention of older person’s abuse in the community.

SOAP raises awareness of older person abuse by conducting training, attending expos and providing and promoting information from the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission.

More information

For more information about these groups please contact Community Industry Group on info@cigroup.org.au or phone 02 4256 4333.