The Hon Mick Murray MLA has recently announced an allocation of $180,000 to the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Service Inc. (NSCLS) to expand its services supporting victims of elder abuse.

COVID-19 has resulted in increased social isolation particularly in our older community, with an increase in potential for elder abuse.

NSCLS operates the Older People's Rights Service, which provides free legal, social and educational assistance to senior members of the community who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing elder abuse. 

Provision of additional funding, as part of Western Australia’s COVID-19 recovery response, will enable the Older People's Rights Service to operate an additional 12 hours per week (including Saturday mornings) over the next year to respond to the expected emerging increase in elder abuse.

It is essential that support providers are equipped and well trained in order to successfully meet the needs of our community. For this reason, NSCLS will also be supported to design and implement a new education and training program for professionals. This will be region-specific delivered webinars and include an essential mentoring component. Go to the NSCLS website for more information.

Seniors have made and continue to make significant contributions to our society, and during this recovery phase it is more important than ever that we work together to ensure that older Western Australians are safe, respected and valued in the community.

The Department of Communities is responsible for leading the State’s social recovery from COVID-19.  If you have any queries please contact us at WARP@communities.wa.gov.au.

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