Support for Older Western Australians
01 July 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented our community with a number of challenges in recent months. The need for all of us to support and look out for one another has never been more important.
These times have been difficult for our seniors in particular, as social isolation in earlier months impacted them even more than others. Unfortunately, elder abuse remains an issue and we must work to stamp it out. Elder abuse can take many forms, including financial, social and psychological. If anyone sees signs of elder abuse in the community, they should pass on the details of the Elder Abuse Helpline (1300 724 679) to anyone who needs it.
The McGowan Government has also responded by introducing a number of new initiatives to prevent elder abuse. These include:
- $240,000 to COTA WA for the State’s first Vulnerable Seniors Peak Body
- $129,000 public advertising campaign to prevent and raise awareness of elder abuse
- $130,000 to Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre to provide a peer and community education program
- Funding for research into the prevalence and drivers of elder abuse, and the unique challenges faced by Indigenous seniors experiencing elder abuse
Another issue we face is some scammers using COVID-19 to take advantage of seniors through bogus phone calls, emails or text messages. The McGowan Government has been working with Consumer Protection and they have put together a fact sheet full of useful information to help people avoid becoming a victim of these scams. You can view this fact sheet below. People who have been affected by scams can contact WA ScamNet on 1300 30 40 54 or visit the website.
For all of us, it is important that we continue to check in on our elderly family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are doing okay.