WA’s older community members will be further protected from elder abuse through new funding to boost support services.
Two organisations will be allocated the funding to provide support for elderly people, that the McGowan Government said had become more vulnerable because of COVID-19.
The Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (NSCLC) will be provided funding for an elder abuse peer education program, receiving $130,000 to connect specially trained older volunteers with older members of the community.
Its program will focus on positive ageing, combatting ageism and reducing elder abuse.
Meanwhile, the Council on the Ageing WA (COTA WA) will be funded as a peak body for vulnerable older people.
It will receive $240,000 to protect seniors, particularly in harder to reach groups including indigenous people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Seniors minister Mick Murray said the effects of elder abuse physically, psychologically and financially devastating.
“Elder abuse can involve financial, social, physical, psychological and emotional abuse,” Mr Murray said.
“An important part of the peer education program is that older volunteers will be supported to provide information to older people in the community.”
He added the resources and assistance would be made available through NSCLC and COTA WA to combat abuse.
“The peak body will provide crucial information and support to older Western Australians by connecting them with service providers and government agencies. Resources relating to technology, scams, elder abuse and other important issues will also be available,” Mr Murray said.