The Western Australian Government today announced a funding boost to help combat elder abuse in the community.

Older members of the Western Australian community will be provided further protection from elder abuse following a funding increase to support services.

The Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (NSCLC) will be allocated funding for an elder abuse peer education program while Council on the Ageing WA (COTA WA) will be funded as a peak body for vulnerable older people.

The NSCLC will receive funding of $130,000 which will be used to connect specially trained older volunteers with older members of the community. The program will focus on positive ageing, combatting ageism and reducing elder abuse.

The Western Australian Government will also provide funding of $240,000 to COTA WA which will help protect seniors, particularly those in harder to reach groups such as Aboriginal people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Read the full media statement.