New elder abuse services for regional QLD
New services to help victims of elder abuse will soon be rolled out to five regional locations across Queensland.
Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said Relationships Australia Queensland had secured $2.1 million in funding over three years to establish new seniors legal and support services in Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
“This will add to the already well-established services that are currently operating in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Townsville and Cairns,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“It’s fantastic to have Relationships Australia Queensland coming on board and joining our network of service providers who work incredibly hard to tackle elder abuse.
“Relationships Australia Queensland has a long history of supporting family relationships, and increasing experience in supporting seniors in particular, making them an ideal organisation to deliver our new support services for seniors.”
CEO of Relationships Australia Dr Ian Law said the new seniors legal and support services would be delivered through a multi-disciplinary approach.
“This approach will deliver information, support and referrals to improve health, well-being and safety for seniors, and I’m really pleased we have been selected to provide the expansion of these vital services to new areas in Queensland,” he said.
The new seniors legal and support services being set up in Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are expected to be operating in early 2018.
Mrs O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government was also investing $.6 million in funding over three years to expand the capacity of the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit to provide a statewide service through the Elder Abuse Helpline.
The Helpline offers information, support and referrals to people who experience, witness or suspect elder abuse.
“I recently announced a further $1.85 million in funding to support seniors, including $1.4 million over the next four years to give seniors at risk of financial abuse with better access to financial information and advice,” she said.
If a person suspects or is concerned about someone who is experiencing elder abuse in Queensland, they should call the police on Triple Zero for emergencies and can contact the Queensland Elder abuse Helpline on 1300 651 192 for free and confidential advice.
See elder abuse helplines for your state or territory at https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/legal-information/elder-abuse-concerns
27 October 2017