Queensland Government fund fight against elder abuse

THE ravages of an increased level of elder abuse has forced the Queensland Government into committing nearly $2 million of additional funding to the seniors legal and support service.

Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O'Rourke announced on Tuesday that the funding would provide greater security for seniors facing "some really significant issues that can be quite burdensome".

"We know there is an increased level of reporting for elder abuse and we know that the work that the seniors legal and support service do provide is really vital," Minister O'Rourke told a press conference at the Caxton Legal Centre.

"Some seniors are faced with issues surrounding housing options, family agreements, particularly the contracts around aged care facilities.

"So to have the opportunity to provide some additional funding for them to continue this service, something that we have been able to identify that we can do, and being able to provide that now is really a great opportunity."

Caxton Legal Centre team leader and coordinating lawyer Cybele Koning said the funding would allow vulnerable seniors to "significantly" break from financial bondage.

Including, shockingly, bondage perpetrated by family members.

"We know the majority of clients who experience elder abuse usually experience financial abuse," Ms Koning said.

"And it's normally from a relative or a close associate.

"Often those people are really under considerable financial stress, they have debt, they have obligations under guarantees, mortgages, they even may have to leave their home.

"Those people under considerable financial stress will gain significantly from being able to access financial counselling."


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