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Legal centre starts new response services

The Eastern Community Centre (ECLC) recently commenced two new elder abuse response services, ROSE (Rights of Seniors in the East) and ELSA (Engaging & Living Safely & Autonomously). The services are part of the Commonwealth Attorney-General Department’s National Elder Abuse Service Trials (2019-22) and add to ECLC existing elder abuse work, particularly in primary prevention.

ROSE (Rights of Seniors) provides an integrated, multi-disciplinary service for seniors at risk of or experiencing abuse (physical, psychological/emotional, financial, sexual or neglect) from a person in a position of trust. The ROSE Community Lawyer, Advocate and Financial Counsellor work together to provide advice, ongoing case management support and referrals based on the client’s wishes and needs.

ROSE is based in ECLC’s Boronia office with travel to other ECLC and partner offices, and outreach to clients with mobility and other challenges subject to a risk assessment.

Seniors living, working or studying in the Eastern Metropolitan Region can contact ROSE directly. Workers can also contact ROSE for secondary consultations and to discuss and/or request a referral form. For ROSE, please call 0429 697 960 or email ROSE@eclc.org.au.

ELSA (Engaging & Living Safely & Autonomously) provides a holistic service for seniors who are Eastern Health patients and at risk of or experiencing abuse (physical, psychological/emotional, financial, sexual or neglect) from a person in a position of trust.

Based on preliminary research, hospital staff are well-placed to identify elder abuse at the earliest stages as older people are more likely to disclose to health staff than others. A Community Lawyer and Financial Counsellor, in collaboration with hospital staff, provide an early intervention, integrated legal and financial information and support services in the health setting and provide referrals for post-discharge support.

The team is based at Eastern Health sites, commencing in at Peter James Centre, Burwood.

Patients can contact ELSA directly. Eastern Health workers can also contact ELSA for secondary consultations and to discuss and/or request a referral form. ELSA can be contacted on 0429 697 960 or at ELSA@eclc.org.au.

The OPERA Project (Older People Equity & Respect) will be launching its consultation report findings and digital interventions on Friday 13 December at Hoyts Cinemas in Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood. The OPERA Project explores the experiences of ageism for older people living in Melbourne’s east, using co-design digital storytelling to highlight and challenge negative attitudes that can lead to ageist behaviour. Bookings are essential, book here.