Widely experienced lawyer for new role at SRV

SRV’s Principal Lawyer Rebecca Edwards has been appointed to the new role of Manager and Principal Lawyer at Seniors Rights Victoria.

‘I want to continue to protect the rights of older people experiencing abuse, and SRV’s outstanding work with our partners and stakeholders,’ says Rebecca.

Having worked at SRV since 2017, Rebecca is widely experienced in legal, social justice and government matters. Prior to this she spent 10 years as a lecturer and tutor in law and social justice at La Trobe University.

Rebecca’s career in private practice began in rural and regional Victoria. She has also worked for Victoria Legal Aid and spent two years in Broome, working on native title cases for the Kimberley Land Council.

A unique aspect of Rebecca’s career was time spent as a volunteer legal analyst at the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania.

Her community engagement includes being Deputy Chair of a local community Health Centre Board and three years as a government-appointed director of the Victorian Fisheries Authority.

In her spare time, Rebecca runs a small farm with her husband and two sons growing ethically-raised, pastured pork and lamb in Central Victoria. She is also completing her PhD!

Rebecca brings a passion for social justice and an obvious capacity for hard work to SRV. She has a number of priorities for her new role in 2021 starting with ensuring SRV meets all its obligations as a community legal centre.

‘In the Manager role, I want to fully implement the changes from the recent restructure while working to build a united and focused SRV team,’Rebecca says.

‘SRV work is often difficult as clients seeking our support can be facing very complex issues.. So in-house our priorities will be to ensure staff wellbeing and manageable workloads withappropriate support.

‘Looking at the wider picture, I want to grow our integrated service model, which is the foundation of our role as a specialist community legal centre, and supports our ongoing work in community education and policy.

Rebecca also has plans to ensure SRV continues to play a major role in addressing elder abuse in Victoria.‘ I would like to see SRV continue to improve its data collection processes and procedures so we can continue to provide an evidence base for the work we do.’